Haibun: Cedars against snow

For Real Toads Tuesday platform.  This haibun only has 39 words, more than enough.I feed a family of ten feral cats on a daily basis. Slowly I am getting them all fixed with rabies shots.

Haibun: Cedars against snow
Against the snow on the hillside, the cedars show up almost black. The wind whistles over the snow; the occasional bark of crows wafts over the meadow.
a crow caws
across the meadow – feral cats
line up for food

feral cats


a gogyoshi for Open Link Night at dVerse. A gogyoshi has five lines like a cinquain or tanka. However – that is the only “rule” for this Japanese poetic form. No syllable count, no rhyme or rhythm required. Exactly five lines, any style.

cedars in the meadow
lined up in a row –
all is silent in the snow
except for the lonely call
of a crow.

Cedar – Ansel Adams 1956

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! http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2015/11/poetry-pantry-280.html


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.


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