fresh snow
only chirps of robins
break the silence


a robin chirps!
not even blowing snow
will stop spring


I am linking these two haiku to Frank J Tassone’s Haikai Challenge: Snow.
As I wrote these poems I was also thinking about
Carpe Diem’s new Crossroads feature. For this feature we are invited to write a new haiku including elements of two given poems. Whether my haiku achieve this sufficiently I am not sure, but since they do borrow elements (words, tone, structure) I am providing the link so that if you are interested, you can read about the details and perhaps give it a try!

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a trend in chaos


I throw open the drapes this cold morning. Local harbingers of spring are out inspecting the yard. I haven’t seen robins for several days. Today they have left high places in the trees…despite gale force winds, snow and freezing temperatures, grubs must be rising to the surface. I peer at the tree next to the house. It’s still grey. I take a photo and enlarge it with my fingers. The bare limbs are knobbly, spears at the tips lead into the light.

counting days…
above shifting shadows
branches look dormant
nothing seems to change
yet spring unfolds.


A haibun for dVerse.

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In like a lion

Early March winds cleaned off the porch last night…threw the empty greenhouse into the yard. Now it lies on its side pinned…kept in place.

Spring’s rival roams

dashing hopes of early thaw

hurling gusts of chill


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The greenhouse event was a potential haiku that I almost bypassed. Frank J Tassone’s Haikai Challenge: “first spring gust” nudged me to write this haibun.

troiku of early spring

After the melt,
beside pale stubbled fields
sandy roads climb


After the melt
mountains of black crusted snow
stacked by the plows

Beside pale stubbled fields
memories of summer crops
in breaths of spring

Sandy roads climb…
tree buds begin their journey
into uncharted sky


February 26, 2018

In response to Frank J. Tassone’s Haikai Challenge #22: Barely Spring.

(Roads are sanded to increase traction on winter ice. The debris is eventually washed away by spring rains.)

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