Sunday, December 31, 2006

through the last day
the dull sky darkens
towards the end
of a year of endings
new year's eve
images wobble in puddles
whisky breaths
end of the year-
wine and cheese shared
to Auld Lang Syne


Meetings in Dejhagascar

Photo: Calin Niculae
Text: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

The two coordinators of The Best of SARM invite you to visit Meetings in Dejhagascar, a calander of Astrohaiku.

Note from Gerald England: the site has 120 astro-haiku around the year 2006. I was honoured to be a special guest for this year-long project.
Here's wishing everyone a very Happy and Creative 2007!

last diary entry-
a photo of the new puppy
with the old dog


Saturday, December 30, 2006

almost new year

almost new year the hangman's erection falls limp

little onion

ukku spring haiku - forewarning

Dear All,

I'm having something of an on-line New Year tidy-up and propose to delete the ukku spring haiku blog early on Sat Jan 6th 2007.

I suggest that anyone who wants to save anything that was posted there needs to do so in the next week.

This will also clear the decks for whoever would like to oversee a collective Spring haiku blog for 2007.

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda / Happy New Year to all.


Friday, December 29, 2006

gale warning
the garden swing
slowly starts to swing
Year's end
a dusting of snow
in the empty parking lot
homeward bound
with the end of the year's mail
under a leaden sky

winter morning stroll
she stuffs her gloves and muffler
in her pockets

Thursday, December 28, 2006

old year's end
a glimpse of the sky
between mists
winter timetable-
the train passenger
breaks into a book

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

train whistle
along the horizon
snow clouds

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

boxing day
dustbins overflowing
crows' Christmas


chopping wood
warms the body
twice as oil-fired heater stops
storm light
the flank of the bronze horse

just war

just war the cold fills my teeth then my head

first light

first light
one wren chases another
in and out of the border

Christmas calm -
enjoying the silence
of the night

- Stephanie Roberts

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas rain

Christmas rain
the dog’s footsteps
and mine


After Christmas
a duck is calling
from the pond.
she rubs with a coin
her other fingers crossed
lottery gift card

Sunday, December 24, 2006

last day of advent
out from the freezing fog
something taking shape

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Bird on frozen branch
where’s my glasses
misty full moon
at the bus-stop
an empty beer bottle

nebula of ice

nebula of ice-
winter microscenery
in the warm cosmos

Photo: Gabriel Ivanescu
Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Posted here at their request.
They invite you to visit three new web sites, which include many astronomical haiku:
Passports for a Heavenly Expedition
Mercury Transit 2006
faded morning
my eyes blur

too good to eat -
the tumble of nuts and
symmetry of cheese
a grouse drums
the bough cutters
stop to listen

from Hunting Haiku Daily
winter solstice
scattering ash
over frost
hands frozen
on the shopping cart handle
gloves warm at home

Friday, December 22, 2006

slow hoofbeats
down the park tunnel
winter echos
through naked branches
blue tits flicker
bathroom steam -
I hear a forecast
of freezing fog
the home towns
hot power plant
illuminate the sky
my guide

Warm Winter Haiku

knitting club creating
Christmas scarves
in air-conditioned cafe'
early bloomer
red hot
new neighbors'
Christmas lights
path for Santa
off-white and gray
puppy and yarn
girlie pink
boy blue
clouds in sky
snow boots
too hot to protect
from just the rain
pretending to be snow-covered
white, flocked
Christmas tree

Thursday, December 21, 2006

winter solstice
desert skies ornamented
with a million stars
a mitten waves
atop the chain link fence
red flag
cherry tree
raindrops hanging
reflect Christmas lights
second half
of the year's last game-
winter solstice
Unique ice crystals
falling through winter's gray air
entertains the eye

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

at the crossroads
two footprints
in fresh snow

[The above is the Japanese glyph for winter.]
walking barefoot
on the wooden floor
Southern winter

(written in New Orleans, LA, USA)
the cold distant back
of the sun

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Photo from Snow Crystals

the moon
in icy branches

dragon cloud
stands still
in the darkening blue
your breath
warms my hands
First published in Ribbons, Winter 2006, Volume 2 Number 4, 17.
Natalia L. Rudychev
canal's frozen stillness
a handicapped boy
and a swan...gazing


the fog rolls slowly in
softens bare branches
Winter landscape
so clear in my mind
starry night
Rain turning to sleet
dangerous for travelers
lives out of control

Monday, December 18, 2006

Photo from Snow Crystals/Frost

ferns or frost
the morning brightens
with the question

cold water

cold water
ripples past reeds -
the lights are on

words by mandy smith
photograph by kriss foo

This post first appeared on Little Town in Hungary

Sunday, December 17, 2006

nodding out over poems....early dark

[I really wanted four blanks spaces, but for some reason blogger would not take the coding for them so I used dots.]

Saturday, December 16, 2006

hands smelling of pine
we untangle
baubles and stars

decorating the tree

photo by mmm
football fans
pass by to conflict
he leans on his broom
wild winter wind-
all the mums appear

friends merge
to sharps and swirls of black ink
on white card

I lose myself -
buried under ribbons, bows
and spiteful sellotape

across the street

across the street
reflections of Christmas lights
across the street

gerald england
last minute shopping:
endless Christmas lights
and one menorah

(I live in one of the most ethnically varied neighborhoods of New York city. Hispanic and folk from India are the largest population, then many Korean and Chinese, and a smaller but wildly diverse mix of other folk.)

Friday, December 15, 2006

winter sniffles-
I miss the Christmas poetry
and curry event

Boo hoo, an event I have been looking forward to for months, and I get a nasty cold and sneezes and sniffles.

It's hard to beat a special Winter/Christmas poetry reading event of this quality, and everyone went for a curry at the really good curry restaurant nearby, and got to talk to these two poets.

The two readers were:
Penelope Shuttle and Greta Stoddart
a council worker
brushes leaves into the wind
his deerstalker hat

Little Onion
party time
tonight even the moon
winter overcast
I lose another game
of solitaire

Thursday, December 14, 2006

pre-Christmas lunch...
the gust of wind sends off
an empty drinks crate

season of joy

Warm wishes to everyone!
no longer tallest
still, the Empire State building
by a winter moon

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

in the hearth
a poinsettia
winter blues
the new puppy awakens
yet again

mid-December —
what I really want for Christmas
is one more week
the advent candle
burns away another day
the flame shivers
Awakened by sun
a ninja kid strikes --
snow pouring down from roof
Christmas T.V. ad --
my decorations still
packed away

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

starry, starry night.
on a blue - grey palette
the waning winter moon


steam knocks
in the apartment pipes
a mouse flees

looking up

looking up-
the moon hangs in a shroud
of my breath
almost dusk -
spent leaves twirl before
a brilliant sun

- Stephanie Roberts

holiday sign

holiday sign
reserve your happiness
in a layaway

Vic Gendrano

Monday, December 11, 2006

crystalline ice drops
sparkling on desert landscape
pink and red sunrise
early winter sun
the old woman on the bench
wakes and dozes ...
through the hail
holly berries
lighting a road

Sunday, December 10, 2006

garden spiders

garden spiders
making their way back
to the house

This is an internal renga verse hence no cut written on Saturday 9th Dec during the 5th renga of the Three Estates Renga - you can see pictures here:

Masshouse Members Club Renga

rain- wet poinsettias
brighter against the dullness
of the winter fog


Saturday, December 09, 2006

the boy's sad song
a heart-shaped leaf
blows to my feet

Friday, December 08, 2006

the christmas tree-
double-glazing measurements
as I add decorations

I couldn't tell if the surveyor who was doing the measurements after a visit from the salesman was perturbed by a grown man doing christmas decorations, but what was I to do, admire his laptop and portable printer for three hours? ;-)
a dusting of snow —
I wake up
before the alarm
chilblains forgotten
as we pat him into shape
-the snowman


Thursday, December 07, 2006

dancing crystals
on creaking snow
child’s laughter

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

snow crystals
inside the shopwindow
and outside too !

winter burial
everybody's breath
clouds the coffin

our argument

our argument
spills into the air
bare trees

Little Onion
far from home -
on the boy's list for Santa
a coat


May we reach out and give to those who need it most.

- Stephanie Roberts

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

full moon
cold Moon
long night moon
perfect midnight blue
dazzling with stars
brightly lit
even in the daytime
the hospital X'mas tree


stars echo

stars echo
in the hollow sky-
cold december

Monday, December 04, 2006

first snowfall

first snowfall —
everyone calls me

our grim-faced
postman delivers
my first card

getting closer -
even the EBAY logo
wears a hat

after the storm
street clear of leaves -
some back on the branches
oblique white expanse
endless rooftops
heaters burning

snow in the forecast

snow in the forecast
I downplay
my recent promotion

Sunday, December 03, 2006

opening the curtains
first day
of advent
cottonwool snow
on all the shop-window trees
-the urchin's frozen breath



preparations are in hand
for the curling match

photograph by Jay Black; words by Gerald England.

Other photos by Jay Black can be seen on my blog Ackworth born, gone West

Saturday, December 02, 2006

village Christmas lights-
we sip mulled wine
by the funeral directors

image by Karen Hoy
stiff winter grasses
nothing moving but the wind
old men's bones cracking
nativity scene -
the young child captures
baby Jesus

- Stephanie Roberts

Friday, December 01, 2006

December fog

December fog —
too sleepy to sleep
on the train