2003 Haiku Challenge

Andrew Watt proposed that we each write a weather/day/night/emotional state/weather haiku each day during the month of December. I suggested extending the project to cover the period from Thanksgiving through Epiphany. Below are the results of my efforts. I hope you enjoy them.

11/27/03 - Thanksgiving Day
Will the outpouring
Of our thanks this day be more
Than just memories.

Friends and family
Surround this table of thanks
With love, grace and life.

11/28/03
Wet mild and gusty
Dawns the day after our thanks
Bells too sing out their blessings.

11/29/03 - Trash Bag Party
Wind blows through my sleep
Pushing broken dreams away
Pulling toward dawn.

11/30/03
Yard full of black birds
A startling sight to behold
Or were they starlings.

Willpower falters
When might bes and could have beens
Push away the now.

Tomorrow finds me
Broken down over the losses
I have never known.

12/01/03
Height does not confer
Wisdom or insight to those
Who choose not to see.

Sharp pain will follow
On the tail of morning toil
Performed without thought.

12/02/03
A dusting of white
Covers our imperfections
With tranquillity.

12/03/03
Cold wind chills the bone
Headache pushes pleasure down deep
Find warmth in a kiss.

12/04/03
Stars hang heavy overhead
Pinpoints of heavenly beauty
An ever-changing show.

12/05/03
Daylight is hidden
Behind a changing scene
The clouds rush forward.

12/06/03
Wind from northwest brings
Frozen precipitation
Covers up fall leaves.

12/07/03
To be young again
Snow days, school breaks and teen angst
Oh wait, never mind.

12/08/03
Clock ticks away time
Seconds are lost forever
Days end fails to come.

12/09/03
The first moment home
He lept from dock into lake
Refound his lost youth.

12/10/03
Discordant echoes
Bell rings beside sealed bucket
Hark the herald sings.

12/11/03
Fog fills the roadway
Blinding the sight; hiding things
Better left unsaid.

12/12/03
Sadness fills this night
Unknowable the weight
Broken dreams brings tears.

12/13/03
Family exists
In many places and times
We are bound by love.

12/14/03
Voices raised in song
Gives beauty wings to soar high
Lifts and frees the soul.

12/15/03
Behold this empty weight
Compressing fallen snowfall
Into sheets of pain.

12/16/03
Barren evergreen
Now holds ornaments and lights
Transformed by your hands.

12/17/03
Pathways intersect
Fans spin against slow breeze
Heart beats out the song.

12/18/03
The sound of warm air
Forces voices louder still
All nuance is lost.

12/19/03
This tree shimmers bright
Not from lights hung with great care
Rather from soft love.

12/20/03
Rain drops have fallen
Frozen ground fails to absorb
Forest under ice.

12/21/03
Attention is drawn
To the safety pin attached
On a cute guy's shirt.

Days grow longer now
Light is reborn from the night
A solstice moon rises.

12/22/03
Paper, tape and bow
Cover up the physical
The gift remains clear.

12/23/03
Do we understand
The influence of the stars
No, they conspire still.

12/24/03
Branches clack, snap and fall
Time moves slower now as I
Hold you in my arms.

Each winter we seek
To refind deep peace within
Joy awaits us still.

12/25/03 - Christmas Day
Rejoice oh angels
Shout for joy all holy servants
Salvation has come.

Joy overfills small frames
Pouring out in smiles and glee
Wrapping paper flies.

12/26/03
Teaching is more fun
When the partner is willing
Learning is fun too.

12/27/03
The clan is gathered
Bound one to the other by blood
Tolerance is strained.

12/28/03
Released from constraint
Free to choose another path
Choose nothing instead.

12/29/03
Drudgery fills time
Point, push, react, create
Delight in new light.

12/30/03
Relax and renew
Are the only plans this day
Oh and maybe tea.

12/31/03 - New Year's Eve
Gentle strokes fill in
What a strong hand has overlooked
Building up a sweat.

Time is fleeting still
As page turns and cycle ends
Mystery lies ahead.

01/01/04 - New Year's Day
New day brings sunlight
To fields bent low when covered
How lovely the wind.

01/02/04
As cycle repeats
The old is renewed with ease
Erasing past mistakes.

01/03/04
Ice forms beyond reach
As fire gives birth to bliss
Cold breeze is welcome.

01/04/04
Prodigal returns
Voicing change in morning song
Handsome words exposed.

01/05/04
Begin the building
Golden, red and tragic too
Span and ease the path.

01/06/04 - Epiphany
Three kings bearing gifts
Useless except for the gold
Revealing moment.

Wolf Moon crawls forward
Pale light reflecting on grass
Coated in frozen grace.

 


Last updated: January 6, 2004
Created + maintained by Bob Gill.