I knew she was talking about the slippery conditions outside, the fresh layer of snow but ‘skiff’ is a new word for me. Apparently it is a colloquial term used in Canada (where I live) and the Northern States for a lightflurry or cover of snow.
Yesterday morning I was commenting to my partner that if I were to write a haiku out of season it would be about summer in winter. I couldn’t do a winter haiku in summer I said. Yet, one hour later, I was looking at fusing two winter haiku…perhaps waiting at a courthouse in freezing air conditioning made it feel possible.
Here are the two winter haiku featured by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Crossroads #12 for creating new ‘fusion-haiku’. The author is Japanese poet, Ryokan (1758-1831).