Wednesday, January 31, 2007

amid the bare branches
Japanese maganolias

Spring is coming...

Please send me an email - - if you'd like an invitation to Spring Haiku 2007.
brilliant light
probing a deep sleep -
full moon

- Stephanie Roberts
mother and daughter
planting bulbs -
the dark earth

Dancing lights-
Afternoon snowflakes sparkle

as they skim river

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Transit Woes

Frigidly clear day
car in the garage for hours
where are my earmuffs?

Monday, January 29, 2007

poet's funeral
the piper blows a lament
snowdrops' heads hang

Sunday, January 28, 2007

frigid wind -- rubbing happy hotei's belly

Friday, January 26, 2007

chill in the air

favorite boss
resigns unexpectedly
rumors swirl
I can't remember planting
wind chill advisory —
a creditor’s
neatly-typed letter

Bird feeder

Three Sparrows -
waiting in the bush,
for the cat to go away.
rice paper shade
the tall potted plant leans
toward winter light

Thursday, January 25, 2007

View From Factory Window

new snowfall
cloaking the city with calm
children skipping

winter flood

seven centuries bridge-
feeding swans
and my breath cloud

Alan Summers

winterflood detail
artwork by Dave Alderslade
reproduction rights paid January 2007

Bradford on Avon's town bridge
has 7 centuries of history
and still going strong.
the moon and I
smile at each other
winter hives
tiny hearts
in the darkness
January —
a broken toy
in the snow bank

sun's warmth

dust motes dance
in the winter light
words vanish

whiff of hyacinth
wakens tremendous longings
to play in the dirt

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Comet McNaught in Daylight

Comet McNaught in Daylight

Photo: Alexandru Conu
Text: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

A preview of a new international astro-haiku project, which will appear on February, 2007 in Cosmopoetry - SARM and Friends -
sixtieth birthday -
her garden celebrates
with the first snow
cold terrace --
resting on the eave
a lopsided moon
Unexpected Treasure

winter morning
glistening on back porch
rimed nandina

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

many tiny worlds
on my glasses
restless night —
a distant
snow plow
she sees him
singing in all his glory
winter sky gazing


his boots on, and snowsuit zipped.
me potty, mommy?

Monday, January 22, 2007

First snow of season
catching up on reading
yen for oxtail stew

continued cold —
the dog lies down
between us
four days on
from the winds
and still no dustbin
turning 63....Moon of Frost in the Teepee

Sunday, January 21, 2007

January wind
one less sycamore
on the avenue

more on the storms at Ackworth born and Hyde DP

Saturday, January 20, 2007

surprise at dawn
the glazed world


sailing through the air
his reflection in the ice
no cleats on his boots


Friday, January 19, 2007

Feeling it'

distracted at work
winter cold seeping into my bones
over paperwork
Executive presentation
I count the number
of nouns he uses as a verb
freezing rain —
our unpaid
electric bill
Look Forward

Jammed packed schedule
spending precious moments
Planning spring garden
at the end of
the reaching shadow
snow dusted chair

Thursday, January 18, 2007

sun through winter trees
the first green carpet
of wheat
56 degrees -
the bite of winter
in my office

- Stephanie Roberts
Winter Solace

After shift from hell
curled up with tea on couch
watching frozen moon

from fifty-five
to nineteen degrees:
one day's journey


frozen fingers
and the full shopping cart --
a cup of tea

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

rising winter sun
gift given again
again embraced
Personal Winter

Warm January day
Missing the cool winter breeze
when flashing


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

In the past 24 hours, there has been a 30 degree drop in temperature.

Yesterday, 8:30 a.m.

finishing breakfast
in sleeveless dress
staring at garden


Today, 8:30 a.m.

socked foot into
closed shoe
January rain —
a new leak
in the basement

Sunday, January 14, 2007



black ice (and variation)

black ice —
an impromptu meeting
with the boss

black ice —
waiting to meet
with the boss

Saturday, January 13, 2007

love in montana

winter’s lips
on my shoulders.

the warmth is gone

the warmth is gone,
chased away by the rain
and wind-
writing at midnight
with swollen and stiff knuckles

waving goodbye

(haiku only was published in Simply Haiku V1 N1)
Windchime's pleasant sounds
warning of a coming storm
swirling leaves at play

Friday, January 12, 2007


winter retreat
quieting my spirit
awaitng the change

family pictures
with no memories attached
endless winter sky
January purge -
escaping the drawer
stag socks

- Stephanie Roberts

Thursday, January 11, 2007

a friend's alpaca yarn
in air-conditioned cafe'
Orion swirls
in a deep blue wind
-late night walk


north wind

north wind...
her voice

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Duck platforms and fishermen's ledges

winter rains:
the duck ledge also gone
for the fishermen
new year
and old photos
striking a balance
Cranes fly overhead
gliding on south wind currents
temperatures will fall

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Monet calendar--
skating across the lake
a spider

winter grooms

dreams of her
memorial service cling
turning up the heat


cold rain —
the sad girl
at the end of the bar

cold drizzle —
my ex-wife’s voice
on the answering machine

Monday, January 08, 2007

in the bitter chill
yellowed ginkgo leaves
still holding on

one strand left
of a spider web-
winter wind


starless winter night —
all the Christmas lights
are gone

Sunday, January 07, 2007

call from the past

First published in Haigaonline, issue 7-2, autumn/winter, 2006
Natalia L. Rudychev
pussy willows
bursting through the branch
winter wind through their hair
new year clouds
the panda's birth news
switches to the battlefield
on the promenade
forsythia buds

bacci ball
in shirt sleeves
winter on hold

Saturday, January 06, 2007

a neighbor strolls
comfortable in shorts
where's winter

our house -
a little paler with
Christmas packed away

Friday, January 05, 2007

January rain

January rain —
we take down
the Christmas tree
after the rains
rose petals
on the bricks

after the rains
blue sky
skinny gray clouds
packing decorations -
the snow-globe
plays a last few notes

swords earthed....the cold rain passes

I pulled the above card -- the Three of Swords in The Manga Tarot -- at random, with the intention of using whatever card I got for inspiration for a 'ku. BTW, the Japanese glyph in the upper left is "winter." [The Manga Tarot, by Riccardo Minetti and Anna Lazzarini, published by LoScarabeo/Llewellyn]

Thursday, January 04, 2007

global warming
digging out last year's
snow haiku

first full moon

first full moon —
a midnight conversation
with my son

Vancouver Haiku Contest

The weather in the US has been rather unusual lately.

On the eastern coast, cherry blossom trees are already blooming in Washington, D. C. and Brooklyn, NY!

So, look on the web if you need inspiration for this Vancouver contest!
nation of immigrants
purple African violet blooms
among Irish 3 leaf clovers
in the cold sky

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The 40th. WHA Haiga Contest (12/2006) Natalia L. Rudychev

Japanese translation by Ban'ya Natsuishi

Natalia L. Rudychev
tears....setting winter sun in my eyes
my snow --
camelia petals
on weeds

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Re ukku spring haiku reprive

Following my recent announcement that I planned to delete ukku spring haiku (due in part for the fact there had been no postings there for seven months) I now understand that there is a lobby to retain it and efforts are on-going to achive the contents elsewhere.

Rather than create a load more work, the simple answer to this conundrum is to leave the site where it is and for me to remove myself and any associated rights from it. Which is what I have done. So it's all yours folks...

first morning
candy wrappers, empty bottles
spill from the bag
ski slope -
the boy zips past
his Dad

- Stephanie Roberts

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year’s Day —
all the snow
washed away by rain
minute to midnight -
a firework celebrates
too soon

we hang a new calendar
on the old pin
another New Year's
oldies but goodies haunt
and delight

* * * *

she accepts the half-glass
of golden liqueur

[The second is based on a very recent dream, and was yesterday's Daily Dream Haiku post on my blog.]