Four Winter Haiku

Posting winter haiku today for Poets United Poetry Pantry.  Thanksgiving is past and in our rearview mirror.  Winter is in front of us.  Thank you to the Poets at Poets United for all their kindness and support.  Some of my photos are posted there today.  Tomorrow, Sherry Blue Sky will post an interview with me and more photos on Poets United.  Come visit!


Public Domain Photo

Public Domain Photo


dead leaves carpet ground
beneath bare trees – end of
fall…winter begins

Bitter cold morning –
Quick whiff of wood smoke before
Nostrils become numb.

Spits of icy rain
bitter wind tossing tree tops
spring seems distant dream

brown hillside – splashes
of green cedars – small creatures
find food and shelter.


29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 13:26:20

    A wonderful set… I love winter haiku, all of them paint a little scene.. but somehow the nostrils talks most to me.


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 29, 2015 @ 13:30:10

      It is something about how the cold makes our nostrils sting and how intense the smells are that sneak past the cold. As much as I love autumn, somehow, I think I love winter more.


  2. Sanaa Rizvi
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 13:27:09

    Sometimes winter seems harsh and colder than usual… and somehow reminds us how life can also be the same.. it prepares us how to face and how to survive.

    Looking forward to your interview Toni 🙂
    Lots of love,


  3. Sherry Blue Sky
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 13:38:54

    I especially love that whiff of wood smoke. Takes me back to childhood every time.


  4. Donna@Living From Happiness
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 14:18:44

    Just lovely…we are both thinking of the change of seasons! Looking forward to your interview tomorrow.


  5. writersdream9
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 15:49:54

    You have communicated the stillness and power of Winter so perfectly. Haiku being all about seasons, it is a source of joy as they change!


  6. lynn__
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 15:50:19

    Beauty to savor in every season…your winter haiku series is beautiful, Toni!


  7. dsnake1
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 17:51:21

    great set of haiku. there’s some sense of urgency in the fourth one. i can imagine the small creatures scampering around before the snow comes. 🙂


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 29, 2015 @ 19:00:51

      Yes indeed. The birds will nestle into the thick cedars, eating the blue cedar berries. Squirrels and rabbits also find shelter. Deer find nourishment as well. I love to see the green amid the brown, it seems like hope.


  8. Mary
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 18:03:10

    Oh, I agree with Bjorn, Toni. This IS a wonderful set. When we see all those dead leaves, it is (unfortunately) time for winter to begin. And I can smell the wood smoke…. Yes, spring seems a dream; but at least we know it always comes. And, in winter, I do hope the small creatures find shelter.


  9. Edward Hotspur
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 23:09:02

    How have you been?


  10. Sumana Roy
    Nov 30, 2015 @ 00:12:03

    a different winter touch here for us specially living in India…a cool set 🙂


  11. oldegg
    Nov 30, 2015 @ 04:32:40

    That whiff of wood smoke is always comforting. Great set of haiku.


  12. Jae Rose
    Nov 30, 2015 @ 09:19:49

    Crisp and cold – sometimes a winter snap make us shuffle our thoughts and hopefully even move on – wonderful!


  13. petrujviljoen
    Nov 30, 2015 @ 13:02:56

    I think i Iike no 3 the best.


  14. Grace
    Nov 30, 2015 @ 19:56:43

    Love the haiku specially the third one ~ It was like ice today, below zero, yikes ~


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