Wednesday, December 31, 2008

new year's eve
hope crackles in the stars
awaiting the ball drop

Happy New Year's to All

Morning mist
settles over the cemetery
crows cackle from poplar trees

Bitter cold, shrouded
in silent mist - the cat waiting
for an open window.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

early commute
kids on vacations
riding new bikes

the Sun rise from bed
time - to do a days work

Monday, December 29, 2008

after five hours
of daylight, a blue moment
before winter night

Sunday, December 28, 2008

winter ploughing -
a cloud of gulls
veils the sun


labour d'hiver -
une nuée de mouettes
voile le soleil

the old mill demolished -
moonlight tonight
in her room

Saturday, December 27, 2008

tear drops fall
from a blind man's eyes-
winter rain

family holiday
not one fight this year
Christmas miracle

Friday, December 26, 2008

Winter travellers
birds from home and I, surprised
to meet-in a palm grove

after Christmas--
poinsettia petals

Thursday, December 25, 2008

bins overflowing
with Christmas leftovers -
a fox slows down.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve morning

Christmas Eve morning
do I really need any
last minute shopping?

gerald england


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

snowy dusting fell?
lone tree awash in brightness -
street lamp's bare-bulbed glow

the autistic boy
conducts his own carols -
gulls beseeching

down the line

down the line
someone is waiting
for love

gerald england

photo © Gerald England, Brinnington Station.

Monday, December 22, 2008

walk to post office
newly opened rose
dancing in the cold

solstice -
the old cat
starts stretching

Sunday, December 21, 2008

dark, wet vase-shaped trees
frozen in wild dance poses
monuments to now

blasting in
first day of winter

Frost laden brushes
paint magical pictures
on winter glass

A break in the storms
California winter day
Sunroof and heater

with my stick I smash 

the moon of ice that floats

in the birdbath

football floodlights

compete with Christmas stars

and win

Sleet slices the air
I shiver in my thin coat
Presents to be bought

Solstice morning
small fire burns brightly
at a woodland altar


Mother in Law busy
preparing Christmas
odors waving
through the house
counting the days

Saturday, December 20, 2008

grey morning -
orange peel
on the pavement


matin de grisaille -
des pelures d'orange
sur le trottoir

Friday, December 19, 2008

eye starved for color
settles on dried cherry blooms
and a spring not yet

four days.....
I can smell Mommy's pot roast
and Christmas dip


Day by day
candlelight web
cathedral in its own right

on the frosty path -
a pair of flip-flops.

Winter Tree Photo by Afraid of Ducks

the thick veins of winter trees

black and knotted

crack the sky to pieces

Thursday, December 18, 2008

late commute
melon half moon
nestled in chimney

out fly two black crows -
wings beating into the white -
birthed from tree's dark loins

Dark clouds breaking
new outdoor lights
make for cheerful garden

Christmas holidays -
the teacher
wears antlers

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

chilly trash day
crows perching on the fence
enjoying breakfast

foggy fields
dashing -
white egrets

days past the wild storm
mighty maple limb supine
great stag's felled antler

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

before work
singing Christmas carols
when mopping the floor

deer blinks in the wind
snow-laced lashes

early dusk -
unrecognised birds flutter
in bare branches.

A wash of Prussian
blue over the grey - the sky
surly with old scores.

Monday, December 15, 2008

late commute-
huge full moon
snagged on the tree

Christmas tree's
smell of pine forest -
a stag's raised antlers

Sunday, December 14, 2008

snow lantern--
lacking spark, lambent
with moonlight

crescent bowl holds night

glowing horn of plenty moon

spilling forth winter

Winter Sun

Today the sun
is made of water,
it rises faint and cold

Photo Foggy winter sunrise by Sundornvic

Saturday, December 13, 2008

North wind -
the edge
of the crescent moon


bise matinale -
le tranchant
du croissant de lune

Noisy birds
don't let me sleep:
midnight moon


The sun not yet set
but the full moon rises
as if in a hurry


Friday, December 12, 2008

Full moon

Let down by the Sun
my old friend the Moon
visit me round the clock - almost

evening bus stop queue
people in hoodies and scarves
boarding quickly

Haiku in Dutch and Friesland

Hello All,
Henk Veenstra send me two links about haiku. Check them out.

The link for ONLINERS from FRIESLAND (Fryslân) is
The link concerning the weblog ONderLINERS-NEDERLAND is

Greetings Henk Veenstra-The Netherlands.

soft snowfall--
calling my sister by my name
his last word

Sherbet skies crackle
with the promise of rain and
other misfortunes

Thursday, December 11, 2008

late commute
half moon glistening
in frozen puddles

In New Orleans

guest -

Winter Dawn

pale sun rises

through winter's stained glass windows

into the vaulted sky

Photo dawn... by EnKay Tee

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Even in winter
You nurture a varied life
birds, moss and fungus

Fungus amoung us

at supermarket
winterberry plants
sit on the hot bar

nothing on the tree

nothing on the tree
Christmas spenders hurry
to the heated mall

Gerald England,
The Trafford Centre, Manchester, December 2008.


two crows perched
on a white cross

colder days

the birds still hungry

after the seed

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas vacation-
counting down the days
til I see Mommy

hoarfrost petals -
the latest rose


pétales de givre -
la dernière rose

frozen pond--
only moon glides across
its dark glass

In December frost
the shimmering ice crystals,
coloured memories

Monday, December 8, 2008

snowflakes sparkle inside
iced over windsield

Chill wind
cloaks the sky with dark silk
and steals breath.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A thin fog
hides the wintry moon
rising slowly


Every blade of grass
becomes a frozen spear -
rose petals in ice.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Across a University Campus

huffing and puffing
young men in shorts -
playing soccer

backhoe reversing
still doing 8/29 repairs

stepping on
dry leaves in green grass

weeknd ginko
rimed lawns sparkling
in the fading moon

in the skeleton branches -
the daytime moon

advent chocolates--
finding today


i trip
a skater's blades
my fingers


In the silent forest
a flash of yellow gorse.
Leaves crackle.

Friday, December 5, 2008

chilly morning
Yuki* curled next to me
upon waking

*my cat

Black Lines

the lines of black bare branches,
scribbled across
a grey tent of cloud

Photo soul rising by Justin Gaurav Murgai

under the limbs


cold night 

the welcome sound

of your taxi door

the thistle leaf:
its own glittering

Thursday, December 4, 2008

chilly night
yearning for blanket of snow
outside the window

Food for the Reindeer

Bale of hay -
on the concrete sidewalk

winter night--
unable to find
my sock's mate

Lumbering Home

Snow crunch underfoot
Frosted breath before my face
I drag the tree home

a waxing crescent
of frost around the moon
--cold, in your absence

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

early commute
people trimming outside tree

the back way home

the back way home
under the holly hedge
whitened leaves

© 2008, Gerald England

(Here is a re-draft of the original below, after some helpful critique by Poet in Residence)

The crystal moon
at my feet this dawn
--before the frost crackles

Crystal moon supine

briefly, at my feet this dawn;
before the frost crackles

on the rose
snow finds a fragrant
winter bed

Whiteness of the moon
and rocks howl with the wind--
December in the veins


Basking in the sun
files nails in garden chair
my wife's friend


Low-horizon sunlight -
frost dances in brief glory,
seeks oblivion.

Winter origami

Do you remember?
The papery sound of frozen
grass in our steps

* * *

Muistatko? Jäisen
nurmen paperin ääni

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

in the snow
i leave no trace

christmas haiku

early commute
enjoying the Christmas lights
not there yesterday

Bronzed Leaf Moonlight

bronzed leaf
swings on a still tree
silent chimes

Photo The Last Leaf by mholt

at the market
colored amaryllis
with the cut flowers

advent candles
flickering -
the wind's long journey


Full moon waves
through the branches at window--
wintry night


first frost -
the moon a pastel blur
behind clouds

Monday, December 1, 2008


chill wind
autumn breathes
its last

christmas haiku poetry

in the cold
lovers kiss:
scarves of breath

Frost laces lavender
with frills on tenacious leaves -
old before their time.

White mittens

This is from a friend:

Trees have taken off
their white mittens, waving
their light branches

Sunday, November 30, 2008

through the hail
holly berries
lighting a path

Ground frost sparkles
on discarded beer tin -
roadside artistry.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

First day of winter

In this dark morning
Street lamps reveals frozen leaves
first day of winter

Her visit--
a transient painting
on holiday's floor


Veiling her breasts
with the season's first snows--
the hill blushes


dusting of snow--
lifting my child to place
the faded angel

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Welcome to winter haiku 2008/2009!!

Since noone seemed to object, I have gone ahead and set up the blog for us. To be invited to this blog or to continue being a contributor, send your:your email addressyour nom de plumea link to your blog or websiteto Steve at

If you participated in the previous seasonal blog, and all the information is the same, just let Steve know that fact.If you don't receive an invitation, check your TRASH or BULK or SPAM mailbox, in case the invitation ended up in those folders.You will need to register with Blogger in order to contribute to the blog. You can register with your email address; you don't need to get a gmail address.

RULESThis blog is open to all haiku poets! Please submit your FAMILY-FRIENDLY haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, or haibun.You can also submit photos or drawings to enhance our experience of reading your one-breath thoughts!Artwork or photographs should be the original work of the contributor. If not, it is the contributor's responsibility to ensure that they have permission to use the work.ALL POSTS WILL BE BOLD AND IN (you decide the color). If you decide to use another color, please make sure that your text doesn't disappear into the background.The only requirement for posting is that there should be an WINTER theme.Postings/day: 3 maximum.