pastel dawn… on ice

winter frosts branches, fence rails

diamonds will sparkle

photo by lynn

mid-western disaster

Linking late to Linda’s “water” prompt at dVerse poetics


water, water, water, everywhere!
dark clouds broiling across plains’
hard-crusted snowy landscape; soil
soaked by heavy rains, washes into
half-frozen rivers, ice breaks loose
floating icebergs grind along banks
dragging down bridges, trees, poles;
pressured dam gives way into torrent
that floods downstream in spreading
wave that engulfs barns, farmhouses’
families escape on muddy roads while
cattle are trapped on shrinking islands
hay bales swept away, fields ruined and
Nebraska is once again a broad ocean…







voice of northern lights

Folk music of Iceland featured at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai



undulating waves

over tundra, glacial stone

land of fire and ice






cold that purifies


bare tree silhouettes

world iced in dazzling white

winter’s elegance


“Elegance is the correct posture if the writing is to be perfect. It’s the same with life: when all superfluous things have been discarded, we discover simplicity and concentration. The simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be, even though, at first, it may seem uncomfortable.”         – Paulo Coelho

Quote taken from Chevre’s prompt on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

seasons flow


warm weather thaw

spring is winter’s changeling child

ice water gurgling


Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s “yukidoke” (thaw) theme.

the feather

Inspired by Ese’s beautiful haiku at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and Hans Christian Anderson’s classic The Ugly Duckling.


left behind

in the frozen pond

white feather

© Ese


winter pond freezing

young duckling missed migration

white swan escapes ice



klompen prints in snow

snow tulip

tulip festival

snowfall surprises tourists

may not so merry


may not so merry

frosted flowers weeping ice

parade is cancelled


parade is cancelled

bakery sells hot koffie

windmill park empty


windmill park empty

nature’s moods are capricious

tulip festival

Linking this cascading haiku with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today…

april fools’ pantoum


Winter’s final assault of triple fury:

freezing rain, glazed ice, heavy snow,

worse than a typical blizzard’s flurry

deals a vengeful, destructive blow.


Freezing rain, glazed ice, heavy snow

covers fences, rooftops and trees;

deals a vengeful, destructive blow

to spring’s warmer, mellow breeze.


Covered fences, rooftops and trees

break under weather’s weight, or melt

to spring’s warmer, mellow breeze.

as seasons’ changing moods are felt.


Break under weather’s weight, or melt,

a snowman kneels, then dies on grass

as seasons’ changing moods are felt

by robins confused after blustery blast.


Weather reports could not predict

worse than a typical blizzard’s flurry;

soon sunshine returns to contradict

winter’s final assault of triple fury.