Editor's Choice "winter solstice" Haiku Thread




Winter Solstice (United States)


Karina Klesko


The Winter Solstice is the day when the distance between the Tropic of Capricorn and the sun is the shortest. Because of the earth's tilt, the Northern Hemisphere is leaning farther away from the sun than at any other time during the year. This makes the Winter Solstice the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere where it marks the beginning of winter. In 1997, the Winter Solstice will occur at 2:09 p.m. CST.

Because ancient cultures were unaware of the changes in the Earth's position, they feared that the sunlight would never return. To bring it back, they engaged in many celebrations and ceremonies. In fact, there are more ceremonies and "rituals associated with the winter solstice than any other time of year".

Hundreds of years ago, a Roman culture celebrated its major festival on the Winter Solstice. When Julius Caesar instituted a new calendar in Rome, the festival fell on December 25, a date that was retained for many years. About 1600 years ago, Pope Julius I chose this date for Christmas in order to replace the pagan tradition with a Christian one.

Many Christmas traditions, including the Yule log, evergreen, and mistletoe are rooted in ancient Yule traditions.


Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR


Generally speaking, long night or longest night would not be used in the same haiku as 'winter solstice' mainly because 'long night' (yonaga, is an all autumn kigo): short day (tanjitsu, all winter kigo) and winter solstice is also a winter kigo

I have overlooked these references in response to the actual event of the winter solstice short day, long night, winter solstice.

Thanks, Karina


These are my Editor's Picks for the Nov / Dec 2009 / Jan 2010 "winter solstice" haiku thread:

in the book
before wishes and witches
winter solstice

Bernard Gieske, US


Christmas rush
dwindling space between

Michele L. Harvey, US


winter solstice—
one winged angel
on the christmas tree

Jacek Margolak, PL


longest night
a glove without fingers
freezes on a fence post

Ralf Broker, DE


longest night—
the department store Santa
lies about his age

Michele L. Harvey, US


the longest night—
all my nightmares
repeat broadcasts

Juhani Tikkanen, FI


solstice moon
the ring of moisture
from a hot cup

Michele L. Harvey, US


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

Keith A. Simmonds, TT


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

John Daleiden, US


along a moonlit path
I find a child's
"happy souls teas"

Cindy Tebo, US


asthma flare-up
the shadows of leaves
about to burn

Cindy Tebo, US


shortest day...
the sun inches up
an icicle

Michele L. Harvey, US


at midnight
the last page read—
winter solstice

Janice Thomson, CA


belated snow—
sprouting wheat-field
black with the crows

D. V. Rozic, Croatia


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

Michele L. Harvey, US


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

Michele L. Harvey, US


winter solstice
the sun gives birth
to another year

Gerry Bravi, CA


winter solstice—
one more child expected
next September

Zhanna P. Rader, US


cuddling puppies
under a warm blanket
winter solstice.

Priyanka Bhowmick, IN


Earth revolves—
the amber moon vanishes
as daylight lengthens

# 07. Ruth Walters, UK


first kiss
under the mistletoe
winter solstice

Peter H. Pache, US


winter solstice
ruby port and cheese
one short candle

Neal Whitman, US


that night
the longest dream
winter solstice

Bernard Gieske, US


two snowflakes
touch each other on the window
an invisible teardrop

Sasa Vazic, Serbia


old snow
inseparable footprints
leaving impressions

Gerry Bravi, CA


mid-winter evening
still no footprints in
the porch snow

# 125. Elliot Nicely, US


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

Tomislav Maretic, Croatia


brown leaf
scuttles down the sidewalk
a woman watches

Terrie Leigh Relf, US


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

Keith A. Simmonds

I just loved the word genuflecting!


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

Michele L. Harvey, US









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