Faded memories

Drowning inexplicably

heard but ignored


Burning in brick

searing flesh


Splashed with oil

a water child


Speaking through wood

passionate obsession

to lift sound.


by superior presumptions

close but distinct.

Ash lifts with the wind

specks of dust fall

traces remain.

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Haiku moments

December snowfall

White carpet glistens,
Bathing in winter sunlight,
At noon, dressed in green.

I’ll be home for Christmas

Many years later,
I mourn for what was hidden,
For those I have lost.

Full cold moon

Round silvery orb,
Rare morning gift from above,
Full cold Christmas moon.

The next full moon to peak on Christmas day is predicted for 2034.  The last one was in 1977.  A December full moon is known as a ‘Full cold moon’ or ‘Full long nights moon’.

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Winter wind–Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge #76


In this haiku I try to capture a moment I experienced when I woke up on Monday morning, the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere:

Wind hurls sheets of rain,
Muffled murmurs cry and moan,
A winter day dawns.

Thank you to RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge for the prompt words ‘sing’ and ‘day’.

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Stained Cloak–RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge #71

I maintain that every major religion of the world – Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism – has similar ideals of love, the same goal of benefiting humanity through spiritual practice, and the same effect of making their followers into better human beings. All religions teach moral precepts for perfecting the functions of mind, body, and speech. All teach us not to lie or steal or take others’ lives, and so on.

A Human Approach to World PeaceHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Devout chant

cloaks authority

stained in red.

Pious words intone

enticing cloak of reasons

stained in cruelty.

The problem of crime in the name of religion is not new.  It just happens that, since the most recent Paris events, my current dose of anesthesia wore off.

Thank you to Ronovan for his prompts: ‘cover’ and ‘colour’, which I used as the synonyms ‘cloak’ and ‘stain’. My first poem uses the 3-5-3 syllable format and the second one uses 5-7-5.  To read more about the challenge, and to find links to other submissions, please visit RonovanWrites.

Toward calm and shady places I am walking on the earth.

∼Chippewa prayer, date unknown

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