Winter Haiku

These were posted on Real Toads:  This is also being posted on dVerse Open Link Night for Thursday.  Winter haiku because as Cole Porter says:  “It’s Too Darn Hot”.

copyright kanzensakura

a hawk glides over
skeletal trees – winter blue
sky shows no mercy
silent neighborhood –
distant crows break the silence –
cold and still today
the grass is brittle and
frost covers everything –
at noon no melting
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
bitter winter night
first light of day first snow falls –
branches bloom white
midnight – snow flowers
spiral down and quickly die
on my outstretched hand
cold winter dawn –
from across the field floats the
caw of a lone crow

Copyright Kanzensakura

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 17:47:33

    I’m not sure what I believe about reincarnation–like to keep my options open, but reading your haiku, Ms. Basho…..hmmm.


  2. thotpurge
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 23:42:05

    Especially love those crows breaking the silence…


  3. Brendan
    Jul 19, 2017 @ 05:16:49

    What a wonderful snow globe of haikus. You stay inside the mind of winter throughout.


  4. Kerry O'Connor
    Jul 19, 2017 @ 07:45:43

    There is something about the form which always suggests a mood of serenity for me. You capture the change of seasons in the many details.

    PS. Please could I ask that when linking up at the Imaginary Garden, you use just one of your three appellations? The lengthy combination creates gaps in the links. Thank you.


  5. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Jul 19, 2017 @ 17:38:07

    Beautifully evocative…. especially; “midnight: snow flowers spiral down and quickly die on my outstretched hand.”


  6. Magaly Guerrero
    Jul 19, 2017 @ 20:30:17

    You’ve made winter sound delightful. And I do not like the cold. But I would not mind this wintry time.


  7. paul scribbles
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 07:08:27

    Winter reflections of the highest order. One to return too time and again.


  8. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 23:22:32

    first and last are my favorite but all evoke a scene that is striking


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