View of Melbourne across the Yarra River
It's bamboo city
And the sugar cane grows tall
Are bamboo and sugar cane related?
Yes. They're about as close as humans are to orangutans, or domestic cats to leopards: same family, different subfamilies. Both are members of the grass family (Poaceae). Bamboos comprise the tribe Bambuseae in the subfamily Bambusoideae; sugar cane makes up the genus Saccharum in the subfamily Andropogoneae.
- Ref: HERE
The Baby Panda Bamboo (Pogonatherum paniceum) is an interesting grass from the rainforests of south-east Asia. It is like a dwarf bamboo but is not a true bamboo and is more closely related to sugar cane. It can be used as a pot plant inside well-lit houses, balconies or as an interesting feature plant around ponds, steps or bordering gardens. It likes lots of moisture and will take filtered light to full sun.
- Ref: HERE
The poem, on the surface, is about the bamboo and sugar cane connection.
But behind the idyllic description lurks the expression "bamboo city".
For me, the city is like alluring bamboo pan pipes, like sweet opportunities to make a fortune.
The sugar cane = skyscrapers growing tall, like reaching for that elusive wealth.
The last line is a final, wry comment.
Fortunes may be made, but like the fickle stockmarket, like the changing seasons, fortunes change and fall.
But these are just my thoughts behind the reason for the haiku.
(Like an extended metaphor perhaps!)
If they are not there for you, they are not there.
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Bamboo