Monday, December 31, 2007

new year's eve--
rubbing velvet
the wrong way

First appeared in The Heron's Nest v9.i4.

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve
the promise of better days
heard in the wind



New Year's Eve--
the cartoon snow is replaced
by champagne


*H*A*P*P*Y N*E*W Y*E*A*R E*V*E*R*Y*O*N*E*!


New Year

Occasionally bangs
marks the day
a war is coming
at midnight
the New Year

new year's eve
images wobble in puddles
whisky breaths

arctic front
brings snow
still life

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Winter's hues - soft, faint.
World living quietly, sighs
a gentle exhale.


after your phone call...
the perfect white
of this winter sky

Saturday, December 29, 2007

amid barking dogs
the kennel attendant hums
"Silent Night"

Frosty Morning

coming home at dawn
ice encapsuled rose bud
droops on the bush

beech and moss

Green moss glows
under silver brown beech trees;
winter woods.

Friday, December 28, 2007

The New Year Party is over

uninvited guest
spilled the claret
spoiled the carpet

Shakespearian tribute posted at

frigid morning
talking with mechanic
red faced....

Thursday, December 27, 2007

his wife gone
the old man finds a leak
in his hot-water bottle

Barely White Christmas

at the Christmas table
seeing my younger sisters
now have grey hair

Postmarked 12th December and arriving...

364 days too early
and 2 days too late
her christmas card

(next year is of course a leap year)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


juice and seeds
escape from my mouth
fresh orange

bypassing the thorns
to reach the prize

A wonderful Christmas to everyone! I have enjoyed emailing to all of ya'll for the Fall and Winter Haiku blogs.

I look forward to being inspired more next week and next year!

Monday, December 24, 2007

stiff winter grasses
nothing moving but the wind -
old men's bones cracking

may I wish all my winter haiku friends a joyous Christmas and a peaceful new year

Best wishes for your christmas time to all my fellow Winter Haiku-ers!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Longest Night

longest night
your scent clings
to a thrown-away envelope

the things that remind me
how little I deserve you


icy sun ~
chirps in the artificial
Christmas trees


soleil de glace ~
pépiements dans les sapins

Saturday, December 22, 2007

the wood fence bends
as the winter wind blows-
reminding myself
that sunset will be later
each day 'til june

Winter Solstice

sunset with trees

red tailed hawk
bursts into flight

A Winter's Tale from the Vienna Woods

silvery trees
lightly shivering
frost on my head

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Stress (U.S. style)

fighting over
fried chicken legs

Christmas Card

chainstore christmas card
from 10,000 miles
brings familiar greetings

every morning
a robin -
the rising sun on his breast

Almost Noel

days before Christmas
doing the happy dance
in the office

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Frozen birds pond
Blackbird measuring thickness
How thick is your armour, love?

the poet's cottage
lost in drifting snow -
a thread of smoke

holiday chores
making christmas post cards
and humming carols

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

wintry showers

wintry showers
drops of gossip

photo: phill deason
words: mandy smith
© 2007

frosty mist -
the spider's decorated
the cherry tree

Father's Gone Hunting

As a child I always looked forward to my father going deer hunting because it meant that I'd get to sleep with my Mom. There were four of us children but I was the lucky one who was given the honor of sleeping with Mama. She said she liked sleeping with me because I kept still when I slept and I was the best goochier [her term for cuddling]. When we would get into bed she'd say, "scoot over here, honey and let's goochie up." She would wrap her arms around me and I could feel her smell my hair and sigh. There was no better feeling in the world to my little girl's heart.

cold winter night
wrapped in
warmth and love

frosty morning
crackling over the lawn
enroute to the car

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December day
snow covers the walk
feeling lost

holiday party
scoping the poinsettias
for the office desks


in the crowded mall
a santa claus asking for
my autograph


Monday, December 17, 2007

Waiting for Santa

in the dark rooms
the stockings hang
limp and satsuma-ripe


Winter Returns Again (after a hot week)

wearing 99 pence
Scottish gloves

Saturday, December 15, 2007

memories roar
in the silent snowfall-
candles flicker

Today in Vienna

countless snowflakes falling
bringing messages
from distant stars


Weekend's coming

brutal week's end
favorite chair and hot cocoa
waiting for me


morning meeting ~
my fingers smell


réunion du matin ~
mes doigts sentent
la clémentine

Friday, December 14, 2007


slowly circling
as I speak of this
break in my life
the flock of geese
too weak to fly home

Christmas shopping
above a sea of faces
a Rabbi holding his hat


Christmas shopping--
I can't board the train
but they are regular


Christmas lights dazzling -
deep in the beggar's cap
dull brown pennies

Downtown View


Joy of the Season

great wine find in store
splurging on a case-
merry Christmas to me

clammy morning-
frozen leaves droop on vines
under grey skies

Thursday, December 13, 2007

first snow -
hurriedly winding up
the garden hose

the thistle leaf -
its own glittering

Crows in Winter

on the foggy trees
the crows are still
blinking their eyes
& stretching their tails



at first light
aching knees say cold's coming
who needs Accu- Weather?

few snow grains
so white, so innocent
the storm breaks
sniego kruopelė
tokia balta, nekalta
pūga prasideda

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


silence of birds
and sun so miserly
I feel homesick:
mists, fogs and leaflessness
add to monotony


the scent of jasmine
in winter rain-
such a list,
the things I can't have

Dusk, In recline

Descending Hues,

Long shadows fall

Coffee and frost

weekend fun-
snow flake manicure designs
for the season


wintry wind
bangs the window tonight
my thoughts agitate


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Xmas Haiku

alabaster snow
in an agitated bubble
hides the scene

Gwilym Williams


The new Winter Railway timetable came into force
yesterday so I hope this doesn't happen this year too! ;-)


winter timetable-
the late train leaves behind
half a school trip

Blithe Spirit 
British Haiku Society journal
vol 17 no. 1 March 2007


hot glue burn
from the holiday centerpiece
this empty place
now that I’ve built my life around
your absence

Two apples
frozen in time
so are we

Winter Blues
down time-
wondering what's my legacy
in all this chaos

Monday, December 10, 2007

Adventures In Meditation

Feeling pensive when I wake I decide to go out and meditate in the chill morning air. I build a fire in my chiminea and sit in the lotus position on my swing. The warmth from the chiminea is soothing me as I close my eyes, take a deep breath and start to relax. "Ommmmmmm...ow, ow, ow, ouch!" I look down and see my orange kitten's teeth latched onto my thumb drawing blood. Dozer, my 60 lb. bulldog hears my yelp of pain and decides he wants in my lap along with the kitten. The kitten gets scared and wraps her paws around my neck and is unwilling to let go as Dozer tries to lick me in the face. Ugh!

Sighing, no longer in the mood to meditate, I wondered if Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ever had these problems?

warmth radiating
from a fire pit
inner peace

Sunday, December 9, 2007

dead leaf
hangs on a dead limb-
winter wind
interrupts the cold
brutal silence


Morning sun
in the dewy lawn:
blue roses


Saturday, December 8, 2007

winter rain
pelting the windshield
on the way home

Friday, December 7, 2007

Early Frost

early frost...
wondering which of us
has changed

Sciurus carolinensis

December morning
Sciurus carolinensis

haiga © gerald england, 2007

loudly ticking clock
cabin fever

Winter's children float.

Green bed of water supports

as cold rocks embrace.

her heavy bags fall
she falls -
snow melts on her staring eyes

chilly first light
dark green grass
poking through the snow

snow man -
children show me
how to make one

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Big Easy Christmastime
tent city
near City Hall

Going Out To Eat

Walking out the door he says "we'll go at noon...I'll give you a call." I jump up and start getting dressed so I'll be ready when he calls. The dog gets excited because he senses we are getting out of the house today. Noon comes and call. I carry the phone around with me everywhere I go so I will not miss his call. 1:00, 2:00, 3:00...still no call. Thirty eight years of waiting for calls that will not come. One day I will learn his word means nothing.

icy wind
raking desolate fields

Winter still lives here
but the ebbing of the sun
moves cold beyond reach.

cool breeze
kisses the cheeks
winter's blush

first snow-
angels instead of football
on my lawn

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

cedar trees
burdened with ice

wind in the chimney -
broken things
race along the street

at the mall
wafting the side doors-
the smell of snow

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

cold, crisp morning
not fully in winter’s grip –
desert roses bloom

listening to the roof,
trying to discern –
squirrels or branches?

evening commute
first snowflakes bouncing off
car window

Monday, December 3, 2007

Winter's light blanket
Hillside sleeps beneath its weight
Past turns to future

winter wind
and the sound of branches

advent candles
flickering -
the wind's long journey

Sunday, December 2, 2007


30 minutes standing

22 people deep

Front of the line

Daddy, I dont want to sit in Santas lap.

End of the Season

at the end of the season
I find some things
still clinging--
this blood-brown leaf
and thoughts of you

With our first ice storm of the year, Autumn is officially over.

country road
a doe licks salt
through the ice

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Jingle Bells

It's the busy holiday season. Downtown people are rushing to get their gift shopping done. A Salvation Army bell ringer raises money for the local shelter. I give homeless people scant thought as I drop a dollar in the can, and then I walk away. I button my coat against the wind.

cold Christmas morning
on the theater fire escape
a sleeping bag

start of advent
red, green and gold goody bags
wait to go to work

Friday, November 30, 2007


Cat in the Hat-
the switching on of Christmas lights
in the pouring rain

The local children at the library have a Cat in the Hat happy hour just before the Christmas lights get switched on:
Bradford on Avon (U.K.) at Christmas


full moon -
honesty rattles
in the breeze

weekend's comin'
red and silver bells
waiting to be hung

Thursday, November 29, 2007


New Snow

new-fallen snow
your footsteps
change direction

cherry tree's last leaves -
in their orange light
the robin disappears

crisp morning
seeing my speech
as I chat with friends

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Nursery Flowers


multitasking moment
see flower
hear cars

after the first frost-
walking toward the house
crunching as I go

today -
new roses
the colour of snow

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Blanketed Silence

Thousands of tiny kisses

cold on my face

Monday, November 26, 2007

Winter's cold message

Sometimes Winter is a cold message, a letter that chills the heart. That the message comes in Winter makes it all the more cold.

Phonecall - Beloved at ER.
Going home to hospice care.
Pain management now.

State of mind unknown.
Not set, not ready to go
No talking about.

Son in denial
Acting normal as can be
Father is stoic

Mother soldiers on
Wife pure, attention focused
Solely on Beloved.

Departure midmorn
It is cold. The ice is black.
Overnight in Medford

Chains may be needed
The coast the preferred route
For unkind winter.

Coming up

This season for fairy lights
Christmas tree on the loose – again.
Fresh stacked Normann fir
foliage in bundles
I only miss snowflakes – so far

cold -
the cornet crackles
the clarinettist
blows on his fingers

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Saturday, November 24, 2007

turkey day plus one
daytime wear - shorts and sandals
TV snow falling

Friday, November 23, 2007

ice covered
pansy blooms
frozen in time

Thursday, November 22, 2007

first snow -
naked dog rose fruits
white toppings
nelauktas sniegas –
nuogos erškėčio uogos
baltom kepurėm

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

watching my breath
tumble in the wind-
dancing dead leaves

evening commute
frosted moon sits in tree top

the clank of radiators
in an old building

chilly morning
stopping for favorite sweater
and mug of cocoa


this too, existence--
wintry sun and chilly night
crouching on footpath


winter chill:
her face grows
more wrinkles


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

in falling snow
a fawn browses alone -
autumn dusk

cat on radio
changing my station
frost on the roofs

Bronchial breathing--
the only sound audible
in the soulless space



December morning--
the first roses in the lawn:
fragrance in passing



Climbing high
through stony cold
a green snake


Monday, November 19, 2007

cool morning
frosted red passion flower
droops on the vine

warm basement
in the old coal bin
barn cats sleep

Winter Heart

Sensation in heart
So desirous, pain squeezes
A moment, freezing time .

Choking sensation
Releases emotional
Reply to spirit.

In the quiet of
A frozen moment, answers
Salute saying "act".

This Morning

this morning's shadows
are white with frost

how is it
that in your arms I find
no warmth?

sun in his coat
the mountain dog
warms my hand

Sunday, November 18, 2007

It’s getting colder
as times goes by
half-moon again

snow clouds
loom overhead
dark and angry

through binocs
he makes out some divers
. . . goldeneye

Saturday, November 17, 2007


bangers & mash--
I wear my summer shoes
into winter

Friday, November 16, 2007

my snowy mountains -
clouds gray and white
piled on each other

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

if only I knew
when I was young
I wonder...
cold front brings wind
and the moon

cool evening breeze
smoke curles above snapping flames
marshmallows roasting

early snow –
butterfly blooms
in cold cover
rudenio pokštas –
drugiu po sniegu tupi
žiedas raudonas

Train Whistle

train whistle...
he brushes snowflakes
from my hair

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Winter Wonderland

ice crystals
sparkle in the sunlight
winter wonderland

Florida Winter

sunlight on the waves
children playing on the beach
Florida winter

first frost

first frost
even the weeds

words & photo © gerald england 2007

Winter Clouds

winter clouds
in this only
I find some comfort...
heaven never saw me
lie to you

Snow Drifts

chilled and shivering,
wrapped in loneliness she waits...
snow drifts at her feet

her cold nose
when I kissed her -
first day of 'Winter Haiku'

Ice Leaf

Winter's icy breath
chokes lone leaf's struggle for a
last twist in the wind.

photo by bewinca at stock.xchng

Monday, November 12, 2007


A bulbul
watching from the snapped twig--
empty street



Between bare branches
two pigeons share silence:
All Hallows' Day


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Welcome to Winter 2007

Greetings from:

Isabel - Main Administrator

Mandy - Assistant Administrator

This blog is open to all haiku poets! Please submit your FAMILY-FRIENDLY haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, or haibun.

The blog will start on November 13th 2007 and end on February 12th 2008.

Rules of this Blog

This blog is open to all haiku poets! Please submit your FAMILY-FRIENDLY haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, or haibun.

You can also submit photos or drawings to enhance our experience of reading your one-breath thoughts!

Artwork or photographs should be the original work of the contributor. If not, it is the contributor's responsibility to ensure that they have permission to use the work.

ALL POSTS WILL BE BOLD AND IN BLACK. If you decide to use another color, please make sure that your text doesn't disappear into the background.

The only requirement for posting is that there should be a Winter theme (or signs of Winter - given our erractic climate!).

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