#Haikai Challenge #126 (2/15/20): returning cold (saekaeru) and dVerse’ OLN

20200215_151103 bird bath frozen

Afterthaw’s blizzard
Chills water to ice, mid-drip –
Bird’s baths must wait.

~

Clear path turns long trudge
To mailbox. Warm weather left
No return address.

~

Cardinal feathers
From slick shiny to puffed warmth —
Cold’s return fashion.

~

Weatherbug’s re-freeze
Tells crocus and snowdrops:
“Sleep on for awhile.”

~

Midwinter light grows
Temperatures again shrink
Capricious see-saw.

 

Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states or alludes to returning cold (saekaeru).

I’m also linking this to dVerse’s Open Link Night, where today Lillian hosts.

37 Comments Add yours

  1. It got cold here last night also, when I got up the thermometer said 62.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      That’s the temp I keep my house at. Don’t ask for any sympathy! Between you and my friend in Ft. Myers, your complaining about “the cold”….

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  2. Sadje says:

    So aptly caught all the fickleness of the weather.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje and feeling it too! You can’t tell by that picture but the cold wind is really pushing through here today. I had to take one of the bird feeders down it was banging in the carport and I thought it was going to break.

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      1. Sadje says:

        I can really feel it, as it is quite uncharacteristically cold here as well, and windy and rainy too.

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  3. PaperKutzs says:

    interesting photo

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  4. rothpoetry says:

    A great collection of haiku! Looks pretty cold where you live!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It has been this last week or so! Glad you enjoyed the haiku.

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  5. rothpoetry says:

    I really liked this one…

    Clear path turns long trudge
    To mailbox. Warm weather left
    No return address.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks Dwight. That walk out to the mailbox has been an adventure the last week or so. Then the snowplow (guessing) knocked the dumpster into the ditch, so there was a descent and climbing in the mix to retrieve it (with the trash bag and bags of used kitty litter.)

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Your really will be ready for spring!

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  6. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #4: Jade Li’s latest haiku #sequence for my current #haikai challenge!

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  7. Lillian says:

    Wonderful series of haikus. Most especially love this one:

    Clear path turns long trudge
    To mailbox. Warm weather left
    No return address.

    So glad you posted to OLN!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you very much, Lillian.

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  8. kim881 says:

    The temperature has dropped here this evening, jade, after a rainy afternoon. Your haikai has made me shiver even more! I feel sorry for the wildlife, especially birds in this weather. I like the lines about the warm weather leaving no return address!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sorry cold weather has dropped at your place. A few days ago I saw a robin at the botanical gardens and my heart went out to her.

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  9. That looks far too cold. Poor birds, bath or no bath. Keep the seeds coming.

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  10. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    Love the pour of poetry. See saw sure. I am seeing spring and winter poems up and down

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks Colleen!

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  11. Winter brings out the best in poetry; aptly realised by these haiku. The snow, the quiet, the chill – tis a wonderful time for writing.

    Beautiful writing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Yes it does and yes it is. Thank you.

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  12. I Love ‘capricious see-saw.’ Yikes, that looks cold.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The snowfall isn’t as much as last year, but the cold feels worse. Snow feels warm compared to ice.

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  13. hypercryptical says:

    So well done – the second made me smile.
    Anna :o]

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Anna. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  14. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Your last line is killer; lovely gathering of haiku and senryu. We had two weeks of winter last month; that’s enough for us.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I remember learning about the Pacific Northwest’s climate in my geography class. It’s a unique one in the US.

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  15. Bodhirose says:

    No, I won’t complain about the weather here in Florida–ha! I did live in Massachusetts for a few years, now that’s winter! Your photo says it all and your accompanying haiku tells the tale of the harshness that winter can bring. So descriptive! And I do feel for those birds and other wildlife too…
    Gayle ~

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your thoughtful comment 🙂

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  16. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how those icicles are made mid-drip.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank!

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  17. Everybody loves the mailbox! I do, too. It’s a perfect, humorous but accurate little piece. Great series.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sarah! Glad you enjoyed them.

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  18. Gina says:

    the ice freezes everything and even something’s mid air, waiting for an interruption.

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