year end – – haibun

I drive by rigid trees cased with ice. I feel the weight on their limbs, the pending risk of breakage. There is no magic sparkle of sunlight to mask their imprisoned state. And on the News I hear of dark skies filled with smoke…Australia’s burning bush.

year end fire

the crack of falling branches

the weight of ice



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December 6 Remembrance


Women and men pause,

Remembering our sisters,

Renews our resolve.

Twenty-six years ago, on December 6, 1989, fourteen young engineering students, all women, were separated from the male students and gunned down at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal. I can remember the shock, sadness and anger surrounding the event as if it was yesterday–yet I also feel the weight of the decades that have passed since. As awareness of violence against women seems to build, the occurrence of violence doesn’t seem to diminish.   December 6 is a Canadian National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Sadly, violence against women is a global issue. The United Nations’ International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women was on November 25.  On this day an ‘Orange the World’ campaign was launched: 16 days of education and activism against gender-based violence.  The campaign ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Early December Haiku

Early December,

damp earth hugs grass, quivering

frogs in window well.

While some areas of North America have snow and frost, the grass is still green where I live.   Since today was a ‘warm’ 6ºC, I picked up some pea gravel to touch up the grading around the house foundation; I ended up being outside all afternoon. Pressed for time to get a post done, I scrolled through my emails.  The Sunday prompt this week from Haiku Horizons  was ‘ground’–I was close to the ground today–so I composed this haiku.

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