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January 16, 2009

a few new haiku for a frigid January day

Filed under: Haiga or Haibun,Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 10:06 am

.. warm up with Snowdays haiku from 3LightsGallery .. ..

Liam Wilkinson at Three Lights Gallery felt deprived of school-free snow days when he was a wee lad.  In the near-universal lament of schoolboys, he felt all the deep snow came on weekends and holidays where he lived in the North of England.  Liam tells us:

“whilst I was sloping off to school in the light flurries of my northern winters, I couldn’t help but envy those who were staying home to enjoy the snow.”

As an adult with an “online haiku gallery,” Liam had a solution — ask your haijin friends to contribute a blizzard of snow and cold haiku and senryu.  He did:

“So, welcome to Snowdays – pour a cup of something hot, wrap up, sit back and enjoy the snow.”

You’ll find poems by over three dozen haiku poets, including Liam’s talented buddies Alan Summers and John Barlow. Two of our Honored Guests poets, Roberta Beary and Laryalee Fraser, appear in Snowdays.  Here are their offerings:

morning mail—
sunlight slides down
an icicle

the last rose
still attached…
four degrees of frost

… by Laryalee Fraser  – from Snowdays (3LightsGallery, January 2009)

my resume disappears
from the screen

frigid morning
under the covers
i enter your warmth

whirling snow
divorce papers fall
from a red folder

winter stars  without you  to name them

.. by Roberta Beary – from Snowdays (3LightsGallery, January 2009)

Here’s a wintry haiga from the Giacalone twins, who also never seemed to get enough school days off in snowy Rochester, New York:

morning shadows –
the gunslingers wait
for high noon

…….. photo by Arthur Giacalone, Esq; poem by David Giacalone, Legal Studies Forum (Vol. XXXII, No. 1. 2008). Click for a B&W version of the haiga (photo with poem) at HaigaOnline, Issue 7-2 (Autumn-Winter 2006).

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