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

    1. 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. 🙂 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.)


  1. 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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  2. 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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