Friday, December 31, 2021

Find Hope


new sun rises
sip from kintsugi cup
find hope

New Year's Goals


new year's goals 

written with a lead pencil 

pink eraser 

* * * * *

memories of a  

busy work calendar  

dates penciled in  

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Eve of New Year's Eve

eve of new year's eve
feels like preparation day

* * * * *

at year-end 
find fire's closure and rebirth 
Phoenix's gift

Two in the Tub

two in the tub
one wet - getting dry
one dry - getting wet
exit six feet

No, not a haiku. The story of my morning. LOL

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Winter Moon's Gifts

on the shelf
light shines on new haiku book
winter moon's gift

* * * * *
awake to fresh snow
birds call for a full feeder
boots hats mittens

* * * * *
winter garden
surface sleeps so soundly
soil waits to awaken

* * * * *
sun's angle -
long southern shadows
at year-end

* * * * *

at year's end

haiku journal closes

new book begins

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Haiku Recipe for Brined Chicken

brined chicken
soak for two days in saltwater
rinse well ... roast til brown
boil bones and leftovers
best chicken soup ever



twenty twenty-one
ending of a stressful year
masked smiles and hugs

* * * * *

I smell fresh coffee
the end of my leisure
hour in bed

Slippery Sidewalks


slippery sidewalks
sprinkle salt and sand
walk like a penguin

Monday, December 27, 2021

Flowers On The Bridge


flowers on the bridge
each bud filled with love
for you and yours

Fresh "Flothers"

shoveling fresh flothers
call up new haiku with every lift
new exercise program

After reading Annie Wilson's poem and learning of this new word "flother" I quickly revised my poem. We, in the north country, should have more words for snow. IMHO.

Remembering Speech Classes

speech class
tears running down the face
hands shake

* * * * *

college speech class
passionate speech ran over
time allowance - Grade D

Speech class in grade school was torture. I honestly don't know if I actually cried but my memory wants me to think so. I clearly remember my hands shake as I held up the colorful music chart I was talking about.

Decades later I had lost my fear and had the opposite problem of speaking far too long and was penalized with a bad grade as a result. (Topic: Smoking Cigarettes)

Sunday, December 26, 2021

After Christmas Comes Cocooning

Christmas came and went
laughing and eating together
making memories

* * * * *

cocooning season
officially begins
will rise later

Winter weather advisory for snow and winds. Unlike Phoenix, I will rise later.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas Day

Christmas morning
husband sleeps left ... cat on right
love this first present

Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Eve is Here

christmas eve is here
wrapping Santa's presents
ho ho ho

* * * * *

sun sets Christmas Eve
light breaks through the cloudy day
presence is a gift

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Library Books

library's labyrinth
leads to "lion witch wardrobe"
adventures begin

* * * * *

poetry books
shelved in every room
need Master Library

* * * * *

gifted books with
handwritten notes inside built
child's first library

* * * * *

gift or stress - four
books available now
from the library

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Hold Out Your Hand - for a cookie

hold out your hand 

feel the weight of the cookie 

imagine the taste 

as the cookie sits on your tongue 

and slowly melts in your mouth 

Family Christmas Photos

moments in time
photos of Christmases past
mom, the photographer

My mother created photo albums for each one of my siblings.

Welcome Back (to our bed)


welcome back 

happy you have recovered 

I missed you 

the sheets lost your scent 

mattress forgot your shape 

* * * * *


quietly lie down 

rest now under warm blankets 

let all worries go 

Monday, December 20, 2021

Those Precious Moments

that moment in time
plane landed on foggy runway
love clearly appeared

* * * * *

life's choices
wherever you go
there you are

* * * * *

those precious moments
jazz in a local bookstore
bass is the place

Younger Brother Reminisces


younger brother
reminisces Christmases past
we laugh together

So grateful for our time together.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Warm Bodies


his body so warm
I pull up my bed socks
snuggle closer

* * * * *

under the quilt 
they take turns snoring 
waiting for sunrise 

Moment in Time

delicious dinner
first in years with friends

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Road Trip North


road trip north -  

pause claustrophobic lockdown 

winter wandering 

* * * * *

rocks baptized by 

Superior's cold wet winds 

winter moment 

* * * * *


the bright full moon 

like a giant white agate 

floats in a cloud 

Hands Are Full

  petrichor   heavy in the air   fills our hands