dVerse — OLN 309 — winter haiku

resized no lifeguard on duty

cold brick notice
brings a smile to rosy cheeks
boots crunch snow to lake

resized beach pavillion at mona lake 020322

summer spirits
empty winter pavilion
smell of wood smoke

resized row of beach benches in winter 020322

bare trees stand, still
winter benches brushed with snow
along frozen lake

resized footsteps to lake in winter

straight steps soon turn
away from the cloudy sun
cold hands, warm heater

Out and about on errands today, I decided to visit a park at a local lake that we went to a lot when I was growing up.  The road out to the picnic pavilion was not plowed but well-frozen so I was able to drive out there (with fingers crossed.)  It looks so different in winter, but the summer memories came flooding back.  Many smiles at the memories of trying to avoid the then-plentiful seaweed while wading and being chased with it by my brothers and cousins.  We had a lot picnics  on the 2nd floor of the open-air pavilion with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and sometimes friends.

Linda is today’s host of dVerse’ Open Link Night.

55 Comments Add yours

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  1. rothpoetry says:

    A great set of Haikus, Lisa. Love the sign. Maybe that is there for the polar-bear club that takes its winter dip! :>)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks Dwight. We do have an annual polar plunge for charity but it’s on a different lake.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        That would be a cold chill for sure!

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  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I really like the picture of the tracks and the sun… “straight steps soon turn “

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max. I also turned on an impulse on the road out to that lake today.

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  3. memadtwo says:

    That looks like a good place for memories. (K)

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  4. Sadje says:

    You’ve captured your mood so well in your poems.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, thank you.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  5. ah, a frozen lake, that makes my heart sing, i want to go fishing so bad right now i can taste it! love your haiku, very well done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Did you grow up in a northern place? There’s something about not letting cold stop you from having fun that I like about it. Hoping you get your chance to go fishing soon. Thank you, Phillip.

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      1. no, i was born raised in colorado, and spend a lot of time up in the hills. i just had foot surgery and will miss all of my winter season, i’m stuck in one spot for the moment, but should be run and running by spring

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  6. Well, I’m certainly glad no lifeguard was on duty there in the dead of winter – he or she probably would have needed to be rescued themselves! 🙂

    Your photos are nice. I can literally see how cold it must have been. I also like the music in the clip – pretty relaxing!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL on the lifeguard needing rescue 🙂 Thank you, Christian. Yes on the cole. The wind was pretty nippy and the ice was solid.

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  7. lynn__ says:

    Beautiful haiku, Lisa, and I enjoyed the backstory at the end.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Lynn, thank you ❤

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  8. Nice. I did capture snow on the ground and shying sun today

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  9. Such wonderful haikus but your pics made me shiver, Li! I doubt if I would last even a day in so much snow!🥶

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Punam. Layers of clothes is the key.

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      1. Indeed, it is. You are so welcome.

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  10. Ain says:

    Lovely set of haiku, and presented so nicely. I could smell the woodsmoke……that is the power of haiku. Apologies for the delay in book. Trying hard to fix

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ain, thank you, glad they transported you. No worries on the book, I’ve always got a stack waiting.

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  11. Bodhirose says:

    Wonderful haiku, Lisa. I could smell that wood smoke too. And although there’s never snow here, this reminded me of a spring that my family would go to during the summer months, have cookouts and gather with grandparents and lots of cousins. Sweet memories for you and me both!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bodhi, happy to bring those memories back to you also 🙂

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  12. Beverly Crawford says:

    Lovely adventure to visit a summer place in winter. The photo with sign tells a story all its own.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Beverly. That’s perceptive of you to pick up on that sign. This place, even though a chunk of money has been sunk into sprucing it up, is on “the poor side of the tracks.” They want it to look good for the media but the reality is it’s no big deal if a few drown every year 😦

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  13. sanaarizvi says:

    Love this especially; “bare trees stand, still/winter benches brushed with snow/along frozen lake.”💝💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sanaa thanks so much ❤

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  14. Dale says:

    A lovely set of haikus, Lisa.
    And such pretty music that fits oh so well with your beautiful images and words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, thank you, glad you enjoyed them.

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  15. Rob Kistner says:

    Thank you for taking me along Lisa! This was fun, and the contrast if the sign in the winter moment, put a smile on my face.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome, Rob, and I’m glad it made you smile also 🙂

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  16. I’m with you on those visits to lake parks in the winter. (Love the lifeguard sign!) Good haiku, the empty pavilion and the smell of wood smoke.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yvonne, many thanks and so glad you connected with the haiku.

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  17. Bill says:

    You did the park great justice, Lisa. The combination of photos and poems are masterful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Bill ❤

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  18. Oh My Gosh Dear
    MSJADELI

    Long Lost
    Poetry FRiEnD

    Hehe At First i Thought
    You Found The Sugar White
    Sands of Northwest Florida

    Where i Dance In Deep
    Sands Floating
    In All SeAsons

    Patterns

    of Waves
    That Make
    Shores Within
    And in Spiraling
    Human Tracks of
    Milky Ways in Sugar White
    Deep Sands Indeed Anyway
    Just Another Invitation to Play

    Every Day
    As Play
    Naturally

    Slays Fear
    With SMiLes..:)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      “Play naturally slays fear” is a GRRRREAT credo to follow. Warm sun and beach sand sound mighty inviting right now ❤

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      1. SMiles Hehe
        Even Down
        Here Cold
        Sugar
        White
        Sands
        With Wind
        Chills close
        To Freezing
        Yet Give me
        A Clear Blue
        Sky And
        Soul
        Warms
        Rays Within🌞☺️❤️

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  19. What vivid images you have captured in your haikus Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Glad you like.

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  20. Xan says:

    The lake in winter is one of my favorite places–I really miss living close enough to walk. Thank you for taking me there!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alexandra, thank you. It has its stark beauty for sure. Glad you enjoyed the pics and poems.

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  21. pvcann says:

    Bare trees, sentinel like, evokes a sense of grief for me, but also a sense of hope for renewal.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I like how you see this with two minds, Paul.

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      1. pvcann says:

        Ah, my strength and weakness, thank you Lisa.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome.

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