Winter is Coming

A haibun for Kim’s prompt for dVerse Poets Pub.  The prompt is about insects. I love insects. A haibun is part prose, part poetry. Modern haibun are lengthy. I prefer the original form created by Basho, a more condensed version.

Winter Is Coming
“I love insects. They are amazing. ” Andrea Arnold

I climb up in my tree and listen. The insects in the woods are quiet, except for the cricket making his few chirps before the frost of winter comes to claim him for its own. A last butterfly flits among the trees, floating on the slight breeze. It is the beginning of autumn and all of the insects are going into hibernation for winter. I do not weed the milkweed away from my lawn as butterflies will build their cocoons on them.  Even the bees I keep in my hive are getting ready for winter. There is a mite infesting bee hives, Varroa, decimating the bees. I inspect the hive and carefully catch bees to inspect them. No mites. For now my bees are safe. I feed them extra sugar water and stop collecting honey so they can use it to live over the winter. The cold of winter is coming. Cicadas are burrowed down into the earth, butterflies are in their cocoons, crickets have snuck into our houses and are curled up in our closets snug for the winter, bees are sugar loading for winter.
insects are preparing
for winter – frost will soon
coat the grass

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 15:39:38

    There is so much to be seen if you look carefully. One moment they are there, the next they have hidden, preparing for the frost. Hope you have enough honey for yourself too.


  2. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 15:52:38

    Fantastic haibun Toni!


  3. kim881
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 16:06:41

    Oh, I love insects too, Toni! I’m so glad you wrote about a range of insects, including crickets and cicadas. I enjoyed the sounds of insects on the continent, especially in Italy, but we don’t have many crickets here and no cicadas at all. You are such a careful and caring beekeeper, I know your bees are in the best hands, and the crickets in welcome closets!


  4. Glenn Buttkus
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 16:25:16

    Your knowledge and empathy of/for insects is fantastic. Oddly,I’ve never really thought much about where insects go for the winter. Thanks for sharing.


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 30, 2019 @ 16:40:38

      I am a noticer of nature, even the small things. I learned a lot from the Japanese regarding nature.

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  5. sarahsouthwest
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 16:25:27

    I don’t think I’ve seen an insect based evocation of the onset of winter before. It’s interesting to think of all the necessary preparations – similar to ours, I guess.


  6. msjadeli
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 16:48:13

    We aren’t to this place here yet but will be soon. For now the bugs are happily frolicking as one of the poems Kim introduced the prompt with described. I enjoyed reading your haibun.


  7. rothpoetry
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 19:08:57

    Very nice! They are settling in for a long winter! Amazing that they survive!!


  8. Rob Kistner
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 20:18:19

    Protect those bees Toni, the world depends on them.


  9. Sascha Darlington
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 22:26:55

    Beautiful! Bedding the insects down for the winter.


  10. Christine Bolton
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 07:58:45

    Lovely! Written with such thought for the insect world 💕


  11. lynn__
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 09:57:08

    I appreciate your husbandry of bees…a vital task!


  12. Misky
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 15:40:58

    How lovely to be so in touch and connected with nature around you, Toni. I’m glad your bees are still healthy.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 01, 2019 @ 16:46:26

      Thank you. This mite (Varroa Destructor) is horrible and is wreaking havoc. I have gotten so I check them weekly for the monster (a tiny red beast). I am considering miticides for my bees. A sad day for us all.


  13. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Oct 02, 2019 @ 22:55:40

    lovely details – although I don’t want crickets in my closet, I like the feel it has in the poem.


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