shimo no koe

Haibun is a Japanese form of prose and poetry (haiku) together.  I’m joining Victoria with dVerse Poets writing haibun about “first frost’s voice” (shimo no koe).


 

We actively anticipate the first frost of fall, working as a team ahead of the weather’s uncertain clock. The last tomatoes, some green ones, must be claimed off the vines and colorful peppers plucked from dying garden. This home-grown produce is chopped with harvested onions into tantalizing picante sauce to be admired in pint jars on shelf before smeared on tortilla chips.

Our prodigious pair of apple trees generously offer basketfuls of blushing fruit to family and friends willing to pick. The dropped or blemished fruit are treats rolled under fence to eager cows. Contentment wafts on spiced fragrance of apple-pie-in-a-jar syrup that simmers in large pot on basement stove. Steam from water bath canner spreads warm humidity indoors.

Fall rain dampens farmers’ spirits, swells soybeans in their pods, and muddies fields. “A killing frost is what we need” for corn stalks to die so matured ears plump with kernels can be harvested. The farmer checks weather forecast every night. At last, it steals in with the dawn, silently smothering the grass and finishing off the last droopy flowers.

 

icing on orchard

may ruin or ripen crops

winter’s first whisper

 

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photo by lynn

 

 

juicy goodness II

 

kisses sweet as jam

memories of seasons past

blackberry winter

 

 

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free image from pixabay

Winter Breath – Adrian von Ziegler

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s December theme, Let the Music Inspire You.

 

imprisoned in glass

water still trickles beneath

brittle icicles

swan song on frozen pond

Carpe Diem‘s Japanese Poetry in the Lowlands features Ria Giskes


 

trumpet arrival

first blizzard’s winter whiteout

loud rushing of wings

cygnet-ure snow of season

feathers settle after storm
 

 

Swans - Swan Pictures and more on swans

photo credit: CDHK

off-season hey-haibun

 

In northern U.S., desperados (a.k.a. winter snow birds) travel off-season; heading due south/southwest in search of warmer weather.  Content to leave blowing snow and ice behind, they drive their posse of bumper-hitch campers, fifth-wheels and motorhomes on clearer roads under clearing skies.  Some set hopes on a certain destination while others simply wish to wander anywhere there’s sunshine or long arm of the law can’t reach.  After staring between jail bars at bare deciduous branches,  sightings of cacti and palm trees give welcome relief; every green or blooming plant serves delight to dulled senses.  Creativity thaws, dreams awaken, and youth renews with soothing warmth.  Here, even the animal outlaws avoid hibernation.

 

hazy desert heat

shadow under mesquite shrub

javelina snorts

 

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photo by lynn

 

Hey, they’re saddling up for Haibun Monday at d’Verse Poets today…

kazahana (snowflakes)

photo credit:  www.livescience.comig35_snowflakes_04_02

 

winter’s secret joy

expecting new grandchildren

love’s art develops

 

every snowflake is unique

each design original

 


Linking with other haiku poets at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today.

daikan (great cold) tanka

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photo by lynn__

 

lonely weathervane

midwestern prairie windchill

frosty windowpane

 

 

old bones ache in mid-winter

even crows disappear

 

black hills boon

 

sharp horns of winter

furred herd forages landscape

mountain goats by road

 

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photo by lynn

quiet contrast

 

white sky is falling

stars of perfect symmetry

snowflake on black scarf

 

mid-winter settles

temps dive under sun’s cold glare

icicles shiver

 

blue shadows stretch long

diamonds blanket our deep sleep

home fire’s sweet slow burn

 

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photo by lynn

 

shoukan (less cold)

Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt here…

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ice skate frozen lake

                                evergreen colorado

winter day no wind

walking into winter

 

gentle snowflakes

falling into fluffiness

nature’s soft blanket

 

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photo by lynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Link to CDHK writing technique #21, “Mixing It Up”

seasons time glass

Joining Carpe Diem’s time glass challenge today!
 
first celebrate
the flowers in your heart
confined in winter

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
sworl of green stirs heart
first crocus pokes thru soil
goodbye to winter

-lynn (tr. by reader)

Photo credit: Annette Mc Carthy Old Farmers Almanac site
Photo credit: Annette Mc Carthy
Old Farmers Almanac site

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