Winter Haiku

by Charles de Lint


2002

November 16

Frost this morning and

a cold wind, scatters leaves like

broken promises


November 17

Snow falls thick and hard:

instant winter arrives; good

and bad, all covered

November 20

Shadow of a crow

upon the snow is as black

as the bird above

November 23

Snow on the spruce,

on the maples; white on green,

on brown; crow flies by

November 29

Ridiculous:

another blizzard; the world

goes quietly white

November 30

Drip, drip, drip...melting

snow makes leaf skirts around the

trunks of the spruce trees

December 1

Bitter cold and a

new dusting of snow...still, I

remember summer

December 2

Cacti on my desk,

redolent of the desert,

see me through winter

December 3

Bare-limbed trees and a

crow overhead;shadows are

darker in the snow

December 4

This I know for sure:

animals live under our

skin; secret, waiting

December 6

Coffee and tea on

a winter day;tea for you,

the other for me

December 11

Under the Christmas

tree, a small cat pretends she's

outside in the cold

December 12

I smile at the fields

of snow, polka-dotted with

twinned maple seed-keys

December 13

Bunny footprints in

the melting snow: reminders

that we share this land

December 4

This I know for sure:

animals live under our

skin; secret, waiting

December 18

Moonlight casts a pale

blue light on the snow, winter

perfect, cold and brisk

December 21

On a grey solstice

day: crows, thin sunlight, restless

spirits heading home

December 25

Pigeons swoop and rise

in synchronized flight, writing

wishes in the sky

December 26

The bare limbs of the

trees shiver in the wind and

speak in semaphore

December 28

Black squirrel under

the spruce trees,searching out his

cache of fall seeds









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