Major Season (Sekki): Deep Winter
Deep Winter is where there is no sign of the beauty of autumn or spring. The memory of autumn has faded and the hope of spring feels too far away.
Micro-Season (Kō): Snow Crunches on the Sidewalk
This is the time of year when temperatures dip so low that the snow makes a crunching sound.
feral cats shiver
dreaming a warm bowl of milk
hawks perch on rooftops
This haiku highlights the sad plight of feral domesticated animals in harsh weather. Even now I see their tracks in the snow, hoping a careless bird or chipmunk comes their way. There are places they can huddle around the property and I’ve begun to put out cat food for them. Hawks must eat also. I see them perched high in the trees also waiting for careless prey. The circle of life goes on.
I’m a poet who enjoys tuning into nature as an endless source inspiration. Whenever literal may also serve as metaphor is when I’m happiest as a writer.
Whitefish, caught by intrepid fishermen, is available year round. The local fish market sets fresh fillets but also has their smoker going for delicious smoked whitefish. They now have a machine that takes the bones out so it may be enjoyed even more conveniently. Lake perch are also available if you are brave enough to go out on the ice, or if you know someone who is. Lake perch is best cut into boneless fillets, dusted with flour and deep-fried, with tartar sauce (mayonnaise and relish) and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Hydroponic salad greens are available from a local farmer. These include micro-greens, spinach, and leaf lettuce. Best washed in ice cold water, then tossed with vinegar and oil or a favorite salad dressing.
Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, luging, and ice skating are all at their best at this time of year, as the temperature are sustained below freezing and the snowfall keeps the powder fluffy. All trails and the skating rink are meticulously maintained. Wood fire are burning in a rest area for those who want heat and a warm beverage.
Preview of Next Ko
The next kō will continue to be in the Major Season of Deep Winter. It is called Coyotes Howl. The whitetail deer are getting worn down in the tall snow. Coyotes take advantage of it and howl to call the pack in when a straggling doe is found.
(I will add more images to this later!)
Today I am the host of dVerse’ Poetics. I say:
create your own major season and then a micro-season, or kō within it using the format below. Create one based on the season you find yourself in. If possible include images, artwork, drawings, photos, etc. from your community to help bring it into three dimensions.
The format for each kō is as follows:
•the title of the Major Season or Sekki
•outline why it is called that
•the title of the micro-season or kō
•outline why it is called that
•write a haiku that speaks to the kō
•include insider information on the haiku and include information about the poet (you)
•seasonal fish, information about it, and including ways to prepare it
•seasonal vegetable, information about it, and ways to prepare it
•seasonal activity, often including the holiday or tradition involved, etc.
•a preview of coming attractions for the next kō
In addition, there are images of artwork, drawings, photographs, etc. of the highlighted