November /December 2009 "winter solstice" Thread





Announcing the November / December 2009 the "winter solstice" Thread

The theme of the November / December 2009 haiku thread will be anything to do with the "winter solstice in either the southern and northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words "winter solstice".

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "winter solstice" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line:  November/December 2009 winter solstice haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, December 27, 2009.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at  November / December  2009 winter solstice Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Thursday, December 31, 2009 Sketchbook.


Read the November / December 31, 2009 Editor's Choices: Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden


The following poets have contributed to the November / December "winter solstice" Haiku Thread

Participants:  Karin Anderson, AU; Wolfgang Beutke, DE; Priyanka Bhowmick, IN; Gerry Bravi, CA; Leslie Brockway, US; Ralf Broker, DE; Daniela Bullas, UK; Patricia Carragon, US; Amitava Chakrabarty, IN; John Daleiden, US; Jon Davey, UK; Audrey Downey, US; Ignatius Fay, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; Michele L. Harvey, US; Linda Hofke, DE; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Ramona Linke, DE; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Tomislav Maretic, Croatia; Jacek Margolak, PL; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Elliot Nicely, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Peter H. Pache, US; Dejan Pavlinovic, CR; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Terrie Leigh Relf, US; D. V. Rozic, Croatia; Iolanda Scripca, US; Frances Shaffi, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; André Surridge, NZ; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Cindy Tebo, US; Janice Thomson, CA; Juhani Tikkanen, FI; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Sasa Vazic, Serbia; Ruth Walters, UK; Neal Whitman, US

Countries:  Australia, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, India, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago,  United Kingdom, United States



at the Save-Mart
winter solstice

# 01. Neal Whitman, US

origami dreams—
snowflakes of the past back home—
wish I were with you

# 02. Iolanda Scripca, US

Dear John letter
wet cheeks
one man's winter solstice

# 03. Linda Hofke, DE

I can’t decide on
which side I am at midnight—
on winter solstice

# 04. Daniela Bullas, UK

his email
shortest of the year
more money

# 05. Bernard Gieske, US

fireflies of static
flicker in fleece sheets—
winter solstice

# 06. Ignatius Fay, CA

Earth revolves—
the amber moon vanishes
as daylight lengthens

# 07. Ruth Walters, UK

withered reeds
quivering in the wind...
a farewell

# 08. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

this house
visited by the last ray of the sun
sinking into oblivion

# 09. Sasa Vazic, Serbia

winter solstice—
the shadows teeter
between day and night

# 10. John Daleiden, US

winter solstice
as our paths diverge
days darken

# 11. Gerry Bravi, CA

The longest night—
alone in bed, I listen
to the sound of the sea.

# 12. Zhanna P. Rader, US

winter solstice
silence on the mountain
taste of cinnamon in the air

# 13. Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

winter solstice
lovers sip champagne
by candlelight

# 14. Karen O'Leary, US

first kiss
under the mistletoe
winter solstice

# 15. Peter H. Pache, US

extended hours
Salvation Army bell ringers
winter solstice

# 16. Neal Whitman, US

rubberband of darkness
stretched, ready to contract
winter solstice

# 17. Linda Hofke, DE

in the woods
impatient shadows
nip at my heels

# 18. Bernard Gieske, US

summer solstice
the long and short of it
winter solstice

# 19. Bernard Gieske, US

winter solstice
ruby port and cheese
one short candle

# 20. Neal Whitman, US

the solstice—
light returns to earth,
the days lengthen

# 21. Ruth Walters, UK

icicle prisms
sparkle from the clothesline
—dryer-warm robe

# 22. Ignatius Fay, CA

in the book
before wishes and witches
winter solstice

# 23. Bernard Gieske, US

house bound
solitaire played out
winter solstice

# 24. Neal Whitman, US

too soon the sun sets
patients already in their beds
hoping for better dreams

# 25. Sasa Vazic, Serbia

the cry of an owl
reversal of sun's ebbing
deepening silence

# 26. Neal Whitman, US

winter solstice
one-night stand
until next year

# 27. Bernard Gieske, US

worth a try
howling at the moon
the longest night

# 28. Neal Whitman, US

dodging shadows
taking the short cut
winter solstice

# 29. Bernard Gieske, US

eighth moon
scythes through cold cirri
—long winter night

# 30. Ignatius Fay, CA

the reflection
of a narcissus—
a silky pond

# 31. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

home from our walk—
truffled popcorn with butter
on the shortest day

# 32. Neal Whitman, US

winter solstice
even the owl
becomes hoarse

# 33. Bernard Gieske, US

longest day of my life
—winter solstice

# 34. Ignatius Fay, CA

the candle
burns itself out
winter solstice

# 35. Bernard Gieske, US

fourth quarter
and down by one field goal
the sun's reversal

# 36. Neal Whitman, US

that night
the longest dream
winter solstice

# 37. Bernard Gieske, US

soft pastel halos
christmas lights under fresh snow
line the fence with warmth

# 38. Ignatius Fay, CA

a lone pine
a shrike in silhouette
winter solstice

# 39. Neal Whitman. US

white-bearded trees
swaying rhythmically...
the north wind

# 40. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

after the party
walking home with a tilt
winter soltstice

# 41. Bernard Gieske, US

magical nightscape
stars sparkle in
clear sky and new snow

# 42. Ignatius Fay, CA

the sun's reversal
bull's eye

# 43. Neal Whitman. US

inflexible tires
crunch crisply brittle snow
audible cold snap

# 44. Ignatius Fay, CA

shortest day's twlight
lodgepole pines looking black
stillness… still

# 45. Neal Whitman. US

two snowflakes
touch each other on the window
an invisible teardrop

# 46. Sasa Vazic, Serbia

last year's shadow
fading over the mountain...
a new dawn

# 47. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter solstice
the sun gives birth
to another year

# 48. Gerry Bravi, CA

family gathering
before the fireplace:
carols in the air

# 49. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter solstice
a wonderer far from both ends
of the darkening road

# 50. Sasa Vazic, Serbia

winter solstice—
one more child expected
next September

# 51. Zhanna P. Rader, US

blowing up to its bones
freezing up its heart
—short winter day's sparrow

# 52. Sasa Vazic, Serbia

winter kill
the wind continues
to howl

# 53. Gerry Bravi, CA

second hand shop...
humming yuletide greetings
with Bing Crosby

# 54. Michele L. Harvey, US

old snow
inseparable footprints
leaving impressions

# 55. Gerry Bravi, CA

shortest day...
the sun inches up
an icicle

# 56. Michele L. Harvey, US

at midnight
the last page read—
winter solstice

# 57. Janice Thomson, CA

longest night...
an owl passes
through my dreams

# 58. Michele L. Harvey, US

winter solstice—
boiling the teakettle
again and again

#59. Janice Thomson, CA

husband’s death…
on the longest night
I grasp for dawn

# 60. Karen O'Leary, US

five PM—
all the house sparrows
fast asleep

# 61. Janice Thomson, CA

Yule log...
the nooks and crannies
at granddad's house

# 62. Michele L. Harvey, US

his bony hand
grasping at the air;
winter solstice

# 63. Chen-ou Liu, CA

winter solstice…
mending the mittens torn
straddling the fence

# 64. Michele L. Harvey, US

brown leaf
scuttles down the sidewalk
a woman watches

# 65. Terrie Leigh Relf, US

winter solstice...
shortening each leg
of his pants

# 66. Michele L. Harvey, US

Mexican chocolate
how the moon rises
above the palm trees

# 67. Terrie Leigh Relf, US

the darkened barn,
the white-faced calf

# 68. Michele L. Harvey, US

upon the dripping
the longest night

# 69. Chen-ou Liu, CA

winter solstice…
enjoying the rising steam
from the iron

# 70. Michele L. Harvey, US

winter solstice—
somebody gives me a sign
to turn on the headlights

# 71. Tomislav Maretic, Croatia

shortest day...
a string of tail lights
exits the mall

# 72. Michele L. Harvey, US

winter solstice—
more and more friends
in the pub

# 73. Tomislav Maretic, Croatia

winter solstice…
the list longer, then shorter
then longer again

# 74. Michele L. Harvey, US

winter solstice—
henceforward more
and more light

# 75. Tomislav Maretic, Croatia

shortest day...
the flare of tempers
in the aisles

# 76. Michele L. Harvey, US

snow covered hills
a view from my window pane
winter solstice.

# 77. Priyanka Bhowmick, IN

icy tentacles
of scintillating hues
on my windowpane

# 78. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

cuddling puppies
under a warm blanket
winter solstice.

# 79. Priyanka Bhowmick, IN

village under snow...
haiku to lift my spirits
above the chill

# 80. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter solstice
he takes his time
to smell the lilies

# 81. Michele L. Harvey, US

withered pampered grass
genuflecting in the wind...
scent of dawn

# 82. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

midwinter eve
the cooling warmth
of his bathrobe

# 83. Michele L. Harvey, US

frozen water
people ski on the lake
winter solstice.

# 84. Priyanka Bhowmick, IN

midwinter night—
the lingering sigh
of a log

# 85. Michele L. Harvey, US

in the sunlight...
shafts of snow

# 86. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

longest night...
the abbreviated version
of Dickens

# 87. Michele L. Harvey, US

cup of hot coffee
mixed with cream and chocolate
winter solstice.

# 88. Priyanka Bhowmick, IN

the midwinter darkness
of his neighbor's house

# 89. Michele L. Harvey, US

a blanket of snow
upon the village...
odour of coffee

# 90. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter solstice
with a twinkle, I guess
the hour

# 91. Michele L. Harvey, US

midnight snow:
muffled anxiety

# 92. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

ripple's clenched hands stretch
flash ice diamonds, dance away
winter solstice

# 93. Karin Anderson, AU


winter solstice
the raindrops dress
in white crystal

# 94. Patricia Carragon, US

fire throws heat balls
jack frost's melting pot
winter solstice spill

# 95. Karin Anderson, AU

December snowfall
Christmas decorations
without the fuss

# 96. Patricia Carragon, US

hearth warms feline fluff
night stretches whisker to tail
more purrs more tick tocks

# 97. Karin Anderson, AU

It’s snowing outside
I hang Christmas doilies
on my windows

# 98. Patricia Carragon, US

needles click short long
nylon wool knits star's shimmer
winter solstice shawl

# 99. Karin Anderson, AU

‘tis the season
snow crystals
on my windows

# 100. Patricia Carragon, US

butterfly kisses
night's winter solstice story
blue moon child

# 101. Karin Anderson, AU

winter solstice
the trapeze artist flips
for his return journey

# 102. Audrey Downey, US

candlelight circle
wish you a merry solstice
renewal of light

# 103. Karin Anderson, AU

gentle snowfall
beauty comes
before the slush

# 104. Patricia Carragon, US

short blueberry day
long dark cherry night
frozen fruit solstice

# 105. Karin Anderson, AU

winter solstice
snowflakes dance
on barren trees

# 106. Patricia Carragon, US

horizon stammers
climax, stiff pencil pines sketch
winter solstice moon

# 107. Karin Anderson, AU

winter teardrops
icicles hang
off rooftops and trees

# 108. Patricia Carragon, US

time strangled day rocks
clock, reels father time's hour glass
winter solstice

# 109. Karin Anderson, AU

winter solstice
a dark year comes
to an end

# 110. Patricia Carragon, US

Short day makes one sleep
Twilight blue by the treetops
One more step, I'm there

# 111. Leslie Brockway, US

Winter solstice—
the snow and the moon
brighten the night.

# 112. Zhanna P. Rader, US

winter solstice…
other subway passengers
share the darkness

# 113. Michele L. Harvey, US

Long nights, yet the bush
draws enough afternoon sun
for its red roses.

# 114. Zhanna P. Rader, US

winter solstice…
tarred dock pilings
at low tide

# 115. Michele L. Harvey, US

Winter solstice—
our fun-dating hours
become longer.

# 116. Zhanna P. Rader, US

the shortest day—
our tom-cat sleeps by
the fireplace

# 117 D. V. Rozic, Croatia

A night owl,
her December bed-time and
waking hours, both dark.

# 118. Zhanna P. Rader, US

winter solstice…
in the cemetery
still the same shadows

# 119. Michele L. Harvey, US

in wintry glow
tumbling down

# 120. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter solstice…
searching each aisle
for emptiness

# 121. Michele L. Harvey, US

early dusk—
the tit on the windowsill
can't see me

# 122. D. V. Rozic, Croatia

midwinter chill…
we try not to talk
the length of the day

# 123. Michele L. Harvey, US

autumn at its end—
clouds in the marsh
even thicker

# 124. D. V. Rozic, Croatia

mid-winter evening
still no footprints in
the porch snow

# 125. Elliot Nicely, US

boy by the window
worries about the snow—
should come already...

# 126. D. V. Rozic, Croatia

winter solstice...
the whole family
singing carols

# 127. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


belated snow—
sprouting wheat-field
black with the crows

# 128. D. V. Rozic, Croatia

cold air blasts
sweeping the countryside:
spiral of leaves

# 129. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter solstice—
amid heaps of sea-thrown kelp
the corpse of a sunfish

# 130. Jon Davey, UK

early snow:
white stones glowing
under the bridge

# 131. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter solstice—
the gorse thicket's
first few blooms

# 132. Jon Davey, UK

step by step
scintillating snow
swallows the village

# 133. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

longest night—
heavy with our second child
my wife slumbers fitfully

# 134. Jon Davey, UK

grey clouds forming
intricate patterns...
the north wind

# 135. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

midwinter dusk—
startling each other
the dog-fox and i

# 136. Jon Davey, UK

winter solstice—
less and less of time
for night dreams

# 137. Krzysztof Kokot, PL

winter solstice—
one winged angel
on the christmas tree

# 138. Jacek Margolak, PL

a black, cloudless sky,
stars, and a cinnamon moon—
Christmas lights below

# 139. Ruth Walters, UK

longest night—
the street lamps catch
a flurry of snow

# 140. Jacek Margolak, PL

feasting, lights, fires, songs
casting out cold and darkness--
time for rebirth

# 141. Frances Shaffi, ??

winter solstice
the warmth of a radiator
in my woollen socks

# 142. Jacek Margolak, PL

# 143. Frances Shaffi, ??

winter solstice
icicles under the eaves
longer and longer

# 144. Jacek Margolak, PL

Just before Christmas …
on the landing approach
touching the sun

# 145. Ramona Linke, DE

winter solstice
a snowmen loses
his nose

# 146. Jacek Margolak, PL

Winter solstice
beyond my island draws

# 147 Ramona Linke, DE

solstice morning
the sun rolls up
a distant hill

# 148. Jacek Margolak, PL

winter solstice
the sunwise climb
of a nuthatch

# 149. Michele L. Harvey, US

longest night
a glove without fingers
freezes on a fence post

# 150. Ralf Broker, DE

perfect penmanship—
a year between letters
to Santa

# 151. Michele L. Harvey, US

St. Thomas' Day
the midget makes a beeline
for the man in red

# 152. Ralf Broker, DE

Yuletide chorus
the upraised arms
of a snowman

# 153. Michele L. Harvey, US

the sound of reversion
in the streets

# 154. Ralf Broker, DE

midwinter snow—
strewing hay for the deer,
cookies for Santa

# 155. Michele L. Harvey, US
hot day
chilly night
solstice tree just so

# 156. Terrie Relf, US (semi)

midwinter moon
irregular prints
where the fox has been

# 157. Michele L. Harvey, US

home-made quilts
covering her bed
scent of pine

# 158. Terrie Relf, US (semi)

Christmas snow
the disappearance
of another climber

# 159. Michele L. Harvey, US

old sweaters
how much colder
it is tonight

# 160. Terrie Relf, US (semi)

Yule log
the festive settling
of visitors

# 161. Michele L. Harvey, US
low tide
how the sand
shores up the solstice tree

# 162. Terrie Relf, US (semi)

midwinter moon
round the boundary line
coyote calls

# 163. Michele L. Harvey, US

old cat wakes up
and meows—
winter solstice

# 164. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

Christmas rush
dwindling space between

# 165. Michele L. Harvey, US

the longest night—
all my nightmares
repeat broadcasts

# 166. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

winter solstice...
summer never seemed
so close

# 167. Dejan Pavlinovic, CR

two white snowflakes
falling down—
winter solstice

# 168. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

winter solstice
she rubs his frozen shoulder
with tiger balm

# 169. André Surridge, NZ

whistling tea kettle—
from the dark sky
some more snowflakes

# 170. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

light snow
stumbling serenely...
a silent show

# 171. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

longest shadows
this very same dusk—
winter solstice

# 172. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

raging wind
blowing on the panes:
a web of icicles

# 173. Keith A. Simmonds, TT
along a moonlit path
I find a child's
"happy souls teas"

# 174. Cindy Tebo, US

muffled sound of snow
gather on the rooftops...
hearts glowing within

# 175. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

asthma flare-up
the shadows of leaves
about to burn

# 176. Cindy Tebo, US


sudden snowflakes
with twitching fingers
on the windowpanes

# 177. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter solstice—
an avalanche of darkness
crashes into the fjord

# 178. Wolfgang Beutke, DE

a white scarf
around the chimney...
winter moon

# 179. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

snowy summits—
last sunlight triggers the
dark silence

# 180. Wolfgang Beutke, DE

hazy moon...
a cold shadow gliding
over the mountain

# 181. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

clouds shedding flurries
on the first day of winter
the cat circles itself

# 182. Michele L. Harvey, US

icy moon...
every village chimney
sending out signals

# 183. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

shortest day
cinders from the stove spread
on the walk

# 184. Michele L. Harvey, US

mid winter night,
dogs howl in the street for warmth
we dream in warm beds

# 185. Amitava Chakrabarty, IN

midwinter eve
old tracks mislaid
by new snow

# 186. Michele L. Harvey, US

against the blizzard
trying to find
some festive cheer

# 187. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

solstice moon
the ring of moisture
from a hot cup

# 188. Michele L. Harvey, US

sharing the sun—
your shortest is
my longest

# 189. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

the Yule log...
surrounded by the warmth
of a hug

# 190. Michele L. Harvey, US

a ray of sunlight
spears through
the dolmen

# 191. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

sometimes the wish to be
someone else

# 192. Michele L. Harvey, US

Winter solstice—
the last passer-by
crossing by the slush

# 193. Maria Tirenescu, RO

solstice eve
flying embers dance
with the stars

# 194. Michele L. Harvey, US

At the trellis
a bird eats frosted grape—
the solstice’s day

# 195. Maria Tirenescu, RO

longest night...
hiding the gifts deeper
in the closet

# 195. Michele L. Harvey, US

The longest night—
the grandmother spins the wool
at the windows

# 196. Maria Tirenescu, RO

longest night—
the department store Santa
lies about his age

# 197. Michele L. Harvey, US

Winter solstice—
listening to the rhapsody
on the old gramophone

# 198. Maria Tirenescu, RO

midwinter night
in the crime novel
the plot thickens

# 199. Michele L. Harvey, US

The footmarks
on the frosted snow—
the shortest day

# 200. Maria Tirenescu, RO

holiday returns
shopping carts

# 201. Michele L. Harvey, US


Snowstorm in the night—
the children await the news
at the radio

# 202. Maria Tirenescu, RO

the sun moves off
our park bench

# 203. Michele L. Harvey, US

hefty logs burn
as spirits glow within...
thoughts of the New Year

# 204. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

longest night
the snow everywhere
it should be

# 205. Michele L. Harvey, US

Christmas eve...
church overflowing with
once-a-year christians

# 206. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

whether to stay or go...
solstice snow

# 207. Michele L. Harvey, US

the midnight hour
with strains of Auld Lang Syne...
new challenges

# 208. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

winter at last—
just imagine the blossoms
that will open soon

# 209. John Daleiden, US


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