Haiku for Cold Weather

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morning frostiness
whitens lawns trees and autos
practice for weather

cold air comes creeping
testing walls doors and windows
seeking an entrance

hang up the jackets
freshen up the heavy coats
it’s cold enough now

blanketing the yard
leaves have fallen overnight
go break out the rakes

days may still warm up
temperatures plunge at night
Sun losing its grip

daytime turns colder
days progressively shorter
Winter is waiting

first snow tomorrow
weather forecast advises
no one is ready

heedless as wind blows
disregarding Winter’s woes
student coatless goes

cold leafless branches
shiver naked in the wind
for a coat of snow

white blanket enfolds
tucks in slumbering nature
until Spring arrives

ice and snow on trees
sudden wind gust shaking limbs
frigid shower falls

jetstream pushes south
depth-of-winter cold and wind
follows close behind

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This photo was taken by my wife, Elaine Williams, in our back yard. I do not recall the year, but it was a very heavy snow with deep drifts. Our car was on the carport, but our truck was in the driveway. The wind packed the snow underneath the truck; after I had shoveled the driveway behind it and in front of it, I tried to back it up and the wheels just spun. I got out and looked, and the wheels were actually not touching the driveway. I had to take my snow shovel and undercut the snow so it would fall from under the truck a chunk at a time. Each chunk that fell out was a perfect impression of that part of the underside of the truck.

4 comments

  1. “cold air comes creeping
    testing walls doors and windows
    seeking an entrance”

    My fav of the ku

    It looks like a lot of trucks will be snow packed this year.
    today was our first snow of the season, but I expect there
    will soon be more.

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  2. Thank you Sarah. This Arctic blast brought first snow very early to a lot of people. We did not get much accumulation here, but it was heavier to the north. My mom was complaining yesterday about cold air around her feet and ankles.

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  3. Hi Michael

    You certainly capture the cold air, labor and scene that comes with it. I can feel the frostiness of the snow and envision the stripped trees shivering. Your use of scenic detail and language go very nicely together in this piece allowing the reader to be there in the immediacy of the moment. I also think the picture is a lovely complement to the poem, so nicely captured.

    Thank you for sharing,
    Wendy

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  4. Thank you Wendy. The coatless student is a memory from my college days. I never met him, but even in the coldest weather I’d see him walking across campus wearing only a hat, gloves, and a long sleeve sweatshirt. Of course, I don’t know what he had under the sweatshirt.

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