Temporary shelter

Fresh sticky snowfall,

snow scoop ready for plowing,

startled rabbit sprints.

What a surprise I had the other morning—a large brown rabbit leaped from under the snow scoop.  I was a foot away, just about to pick up the shovel.

I took this photo a few days later, after the snow had melted.  For those unfamiliar with winter ‘paraphernalia’, the photo shows my snow scoop turned over on the driveway—perfect (almost) shelter for a rabbit.


©2016 ontheland

Mendelssohn String Symphony [haiku]

Stringphony:  steady,

intense—Grave to Allegro

Prodigy awakes.

©2016 ontheland

In response to Carpe Diem #1087: String Symphony #4 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).

I made up the word ‘stringphony’….a ‘poetic’ abbreviation for ‘string symphony’. Felix Mendelssohn wrote 12 string symphonies between 1821 and 1823 when he was between ages 12 and 14—he was undoubtedly a genius.  The symphony featured here has three movements, named after their tempo and form: 1. Grave-Allegro; 2. Andante; and 3. Allegro-Vivace.

I am enjoying”Let the music inspire you”, a Carpe Diem  prompt theme. Chèvrefeuille, author of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, has been doing interesting write-ups on each featured composer so please do visit the above link for more information.


Incoherent scrawls

never to be read

(by an other)

only inscribed

hidden and shredded.

How many pages

were scarred

by young desperation

scratching wildly

as sliding innocence



for elusive meaning,

for self buried deep,

wading through salty waters

to find ephemeral light.

©2016 ontheland

In response to dVerse Quadrille #22: Scars


Sparrows, pigeons, gulls,

a panoply of feathers,

excitement on high.

Sparrows, pigeons, gulls,

bird-line on hydro wire,

suspense fills the air.

©2016 ontheland

In response to Carpe Diem Special #221, Candy’s Showcase, “promise in red clouds”.  My haiku is inspired by Candy’s ‘flock of black birds’ haiku, one of four beautiful poems featured in this Carpe Diem episode.