Winter’s Innocence (Haiku Series #168)

Dazzling

Fresh, fallen snowflakes

Morning’s glistening landscape—

Sparkling winter day

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Reverent

From winter’s postcard

Covered with fresh, powder snow—

Majestic pines rise

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Untouched

Calm valley meadow

Undisturbed snowy blanket—

Cautious buck deer waits

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Nature’s Rhythm (Haiku Series #166)

Raven

Flying high above

Gray sky’s lonely sentinel—

Solitary spy

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Spirited

Unchecked challenges

Emotional behavior—

Nature spills over

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Simplicity

Season to season

Creation’s precious treasures—

Never growing old

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Winds of Change

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Winds of peace

Whispering at night

Singing with calmest voice

With lasting newness

 

Winds of storm

Blowing from dark skies

Bearing down once again

With coldness of heart

 

Winds of heart

Crossing west to east

Warming thoughts open doors

With attitude’s change

 

Winds of will

Bringing challenges

Stumbling from daily mistakes

With lessons to learn

 

Winds of change

Bringing smile to heart

Dancing with endless joy

With fresh perspective

 

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John Lubbock Quotes

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Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.

Englishman John Lubbock (1834-1913) spent much of his life in the family banking enterprises.  However, he is well-known for his contributions to politics, science and philanthropic efforts.

Nature’s Crossroads (Haiku Series #162)

Dusk Evaporates

Horizon merges

Pulled along by setting sun—

Stirs nocturnal bliss

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Savoring Again

Autumn’s entree fades

Winter’s taste arrives on cue–

Sweet frosting and all

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Life’s Adaptation

Facing challenges

Nature transforms to survive—

Will mankind follow?

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Beware of November

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Calendar page turns to November

Autumn season filling with its peace

Colorful leaves have fallen away

Winds of winter begin to release

 

Temperatures cascading downward

Barren trees swaying and shivering

Farm fields ready for hibernation

Autumn’s harmony now quivering

 

Many say, beware of November

Her fading hues begin looking north

Arctic’s snowy cold now encroaching

Winter’s early surprise coming forth

 

Ranchers scurry to shelter cattle

Yards cheerfully display fall’s decor

Boldly hanging on to each strawman

Nothing postpones winter’s early chore

 

Harsh winds of November come and go

Sometimes with cold feints, or so much more

Chilling rain turns to ice, never nice

Winter’s snow, knocking at autumn’s door

 

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During my first year of teaching at Plevna Schools, found in southeastern Montana, I was greeted with a winter that I will always remember.  The first snowflakes and cold began arriving in early November, and they didn’t stop until late February.  Finally the chinook winds began to warm up the countryside, and ranchers and farmers were rejoicing.  After all, the winter one year earlier had included the famous blizzard of 1978.  

Howling Night

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Living in a small mountain village, Earl remained a mystery to most of the local folks.  The crotchety and ill-tempered man stayed away from all but a couple of acquaintances.

Earl’s rundown shack sat at the very edge of town.  Seeing that others viewed him as an outsider, the home’s remote location suited him just fine.

Earl’s mean streak blazed away every night.  On his front porch, the self-proclaimed hermit played a never-ending recording of a haunting sound.  A wolf’s howling kept others away . . . critters, trespassers, and just about anything else.

Staying up well past midnight, Earl enjoyed his isolation.  No one dared to drop in because of the eerie, crying sound.

At bedtime, Earl turned off the repetitive recording.  After all, he looked forward to his own peaceful night of sleep.

On this cold and snowy winter night, nature would even up the score at the expense of this mean-spirited man. 

In the middle of a full-moon nightscape at exactly three o’clock, a cagey wolf slipped into the quiet town.  His hunger brought him right up to Earl’s front porch.  Perhaps he smelled a remnant of supper’s beef stew.

With the moon glowing overhead, surrounded by the blackened sky, the forlorn wolf let out a riveting, howling cry.

Earl stirred awake upon hearing the piercing, deafening sound from right below his upstairs bedroom window.  Realizing the sound was from a hungry wolf, sent shudders throughout Earl’s now-frozen body. 

His teeth would have chattered, except his false teeth were sitting by the bathroom sink.  Unable to scream, Earl buried himself under the bed’s heavy blankets.  Even then, his body was shivering from the coldness of the wolf’s constant howling.

Awake for a few more hours, Earl never could return to sleep.  Shaking with fear, the old fella had finally met his match.  Just before sunrise, the wolf scampered away, unseen by anyone. 

Wide awake, exhausted, and overcome with terror, Earl wondered what the next night could bring.

 

Seasons Eternal

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Mankind hurtles toward unknown

Nature’s seasons relay what’s known

 

Autumn prepares for transition

Holding off winter’s ambition

 

Both man and nature look ahead

Unearthing their most common thread

 

At times, life needs relaxing pause

Forsaking bright lights and applause

 

Terrain changes to snowy scene

Covering life white, without green

 

Man growls at cold, numbing weather

Spotting fireplace, warm together

 

Winter’s snowfall hiding its gems

Waiting for newest, greenest stems

 

Spring awakens frozen landscape

Encouraging life’s next escape

 

Man and nature again feel free

Twinkling eyes find each budding tree

 

Creator’s Spirit, love transcends

Seasons eternal, never end

  

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Autumn Moments (Haiku Series #158)

Changing

World turns upside down

Equinox flips earth’s seasons—

Hemispheres apart

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Impatience

Eager autumn colors

Summer still hanging around—

Knocking at the door

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Visionary

Fall’s preparation

Life’s transition to winter—

Glorious spring waits

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