Frost Haiku

The nights are getting chilly. The furnace has been on for a couple of weeks
and we’re putting winter blankets on the bed. In other words,
it’s beginning to look a lot like winter …

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hoarfrost
on the swings -
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IMG_0756..11.12.06. playgroundthin frost -
paw-marks lead
the hunter

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hoarfrost
on Scots pine -
chickadees

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the first was published in Daily Haiku, the second in Time Haiku

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willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl “… perfect for children in the 7-11-year-old bracket who love to read. …The characters are life-like and the plot intriguing …” Elizabeth Symon. Find it at Smashwords

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On The Loose

Where have I put my car keys? In the fridge? In the coffee-pot? Have they slid down the stairs and out the door? Did the cat stash them under a cushion (this has happened)? Have I put them in a Safe Place ….?

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ON THE LOOSE

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I lock the car
hold the keys tight                                                   021.8.11.14.blog.
as they might unlock
the green house opposite
take all the silver
then drive away
in a friend’s red pickup

the keys slide from my pocket
open the cat’s mouth
and pick her teeth

I have seen them hang
from a chandelier
to swing like lost bones
before clattering
down the lane and climbing
into my neighbour’s mailbox

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an early version was published in Micropress Oz

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berry & the bandFREE! The Berry Books are FREE at Smashwords! And they are perfect for 3-6 year-olds. ‘Berry and the Birthday Band’ and ‘Berry Cleans House’ tell how Berry the mouse, who lives in a tree, gets into funny situations, and has to find his way out of them.

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Storing Preserves

Canadian Thanksgiving this coming weekend and, checking my larder, there’s much to be thankful for: the shelves are loaded. And a good friend has added to the store. I feel like a squirrel, all prepared for winter …

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STORING PRESERVES

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fruit picked at prime
–apples and apricots

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–beans next to beetroot

sliced, diced, halved
–carrots beside cherries

brine and syrup brought to boiling
–cucumber then figs

lids and jars sterilized
–hazelnuts alongside onions

each slice, half or quarter
–parsnips paired with peaches                              023.8.12.14

steamed, sealed and stored
–peas juxtaposed with peppers

every jar neatly labeled
–plums close to potatoes

and put upon the shelf
–radishes near shallots

alphabetically in rows
–squash handy to tomatoes

nutritional virtues intact
–turnips neighbour to zucchini
——while poetry waits

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first published in Love and Light

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father … terse, imagistic lines; … It’s not nostalgia that we experience but quiet, poignant grief. Richard Stevenson

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Punk Hair

Time was when I wanted to dye my hair blue or green or purple but my hair was too dark to take a dye. Now it’s good and grey and I can dye it any colour I like, purple by choice. Though the poem is about someone else …

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PUNK HAIR

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I walked by the teens                                            mum_purple
at the cornerstore
with their hip-slung shorts
drooped tank-tops

wondered if they knew Matt
who punked his hair like theirs

no one in the family
saw it as different
until he asked us
to his wedding

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first published in the Southern Ocean Review

 

photo by Andrew Weston

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berry & the bandFREE! The Berry Books are FREE at Smashwords! And they are perfect for 3-6 year-olds. ‘Berry and the Birthday Band’ and ‘Berry Cleans House’ tell how Berry the mouse, who lives in a tree, gets into funny situations, and has to find his way out of them.

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Classroom

It’s a long time since I went to school and memory can do strange things to what actually happened. The photo is certainly from my old school, but the poem takes teaching in a whole new direction, making school more bizarre than real …

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CLASSROOM

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three aspens                                               5A classroom
tied with purple ribbon
I laid on teacher’s desk

she placed them in an inkwell
and used the stems
for letter-writing

fireweed she planted
beside a pond
for the flourishing of bees

honey we shared
behind the woodstove
on cold mornings

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first published in The Outreach Connection

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A Summer Father … Here is poetry … interweaving images culled from a wartime childhood with bittersweet memories of a “summer father”. Lynda Monahan

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Fruit Haiku

Fruit heavy on the branches; friends and neighbours overloaded and giving fruit and vegetables to friends, neighbours, or the Food Bank. It’s the season when we stock up for winter, just like squirrels …

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our apples
no sauce

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wasps
on over-ripe plums
….heliport

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156..8.23.13blackberry vines
cling to my sweater -
purple juice

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the first was published in Ascent Aspirations, the last in Barrio Poster  

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father … poems as deceptively simple and cunning as a sniper’s bullet. This book is a Remembrance Day poppy. Dave Margoshes

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The Sound of Morning

People get up early,  and they mow their lawns, even this late in the year with dew on the grass. Which makes me wonder who, or what, else is up and prowling …

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THE SOUND OF MORNING

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of the lawn mower
shove it down the drain

the sound mutates
through dream back
to tigers   lions
prowling gardens
for a taste of cat

or humans crouched
under cedar hedges
in fear of claws

the wide jaw strains
to take in newspaper
thrown tennis balls
and the early mower

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willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl “… perfect for children in the 7-11-year-old bracket who love to read. …The characters are life-like and the plot intriguing …” Elizabeth Symon. Find it at Smashwords

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