Tuesday, January 28, 2014


                                              WINTER RETREAT                                         

In our small Swiss village winter brings a whiteness stretching to the horizon.  A slowing down as farms rest.  Days become colder, afternoon walks shorter and closer to home.  A retreat to indoor pursuits. Hobbies and reading, visits with friends.

                                                 smoky cafĂ©—
                                                 at the ringing of a bell
                                                 snow on the red mat 

Frogpond, spring 2008


Saturday, January 18, 2014



The Christmas holidays packed up and stored in the garage and on film.  Pine needles swept away; leftovers eaten.  Time again to ramble through the day. Time again to enjoy doing nothing.

                                                        bargain books–
                                                        all the long nights
                                                        yet to come
Haibun Today, December 2007

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Haiku for Winter

cold sunshine
the stray orange cat
tucked into itself

sleety rain
flowered umbrellas
sold out

blizzard winds
a spider shivering
in the window

3 Lights, winter 2010
Herons Nest, June 2010
Simply Haiku, winter 2004

Friday, January 3, 2014


                                                           HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Some never change.  Some evolve into a new form.  Some are added; some are dropped.  Who decides?  The children, a new family member with different customs, grandchildren with individual favorites, the hostess who is cooking the meal.  Somehow they all come together.

                                                             turkey stuffing
                                                             I read Mom’s letter
                                                             once again

January 2013

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