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Haiku: Reflections of Winter

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Catherine's writing reflects her life-long love of nature. She advocates for sustainability and respect for all living things.

Winter landscapes are usually bleak and limited in the color palette to white, gray, blue, and brown. Bare branches look skeletonized and threatening, icy reflections give the odd illusion of endless depth, and foggy mists are unsettling in their secrecy. Cold temperatures make one shiver to the bone. There is a beauty but also foreboding here. My impressions are expressed in my haiku verses.


Icy gnarled trees

Misty shrouds of frigid breath

My heart is racing!

_______


A bird's searching cries

Pierce the dawn's icy stillness.

Haunting resonance.

_______

The cardinal flies

Leaving the winterscape bleak.

Pangs of loneliness.

_______

© 2012 Catherine Tally

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      Catherine Tally 

      2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Surabhi!

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      Ah - lovely! Sublime!

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      Catherine Tally 

      2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Audrey! It is my favorite too. All of the best for 2016:)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      I love this last one here--beautiful--but that in one particular for me--just gorgeous!

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      Catherine Tally 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Frank,

      It's never too late to comment, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness of yours. Thank you :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      two winters too late, but it's fresh and new to me ... love them all :)

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      Catherine Tally 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Dear Audrey,

      That's the ultimate compliment! Thank you so much:)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Had to come back and read these--I love the first one so much!

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      Aga 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Cat! I enjoy writing and this place is so "me"! I love this community, and I feel that I learn something everyday!

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      Catherine Tally 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello Monis Mas- Thanks for the nice comment! I am always pleased to see that you have stopped by. I hope that you find beauty and inspiration in the winter as much as I do. I am impressed with how much you've written in your short time w/ HubPages- impressive :)

      -Cat

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      Aga 

      5 years ago

      Simple and beautiful, or maybe simply beautiful? :-)

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      Catherine Tally 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi William,

      Thank you for the lovely compliment! It is always my wish that the readers of my haiku will capture the moment. Take care :)

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      Scott Biddulph 

      5 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      I really loved all three of these. It is very difficult to capture a full picture for the reader in a Hiaku, and you have done so! Great writing skills indeed. WP

      Voted up and Beautiful.

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you,Audrey. I am so pleased that you enjoyed them!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      These haiku are so beautiful--they do exactly what haiku should do and I love the photo--it suits the work so well--just lovely!

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Charles! I find something that inspires me and tend to express my observations in clusters. I'm pleased that you stopped by and delighted to discover your haikus as well.

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      Charles Hilton 

      6 years ago

      Absolutely lovely! I love multiple haiku stringed together and used to write them years ago.

      Way up!

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi, Genna. Thank you! The first blast of color seems so saturated after a kind of visual sensory deprivation- it brings forth a welcomed release of emotion for me. I'm always happy to see your comments!

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Lady_E. I am glad that you enjoyed these and appreciate your comment.

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh...I love these!

      I especially liked:

      "A flamboyant bloom

      Breaks the wintery bleakness.

      Unexpected joy!"

      That is exactly how one would feel. :-) Up and beautiful for these lovely Haikus.

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      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely Haiku - I like the end of it too... "Unexpected Joy."

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Rosemary,

      It is great to hear that you really connected with my haiku verses. It is he best kind of compliment! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging words. Thank you very much!

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, csheal, for the lovely comments! I am happy that you enjoyed reading. Hope you drop by again soon.

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Pop,

      So glad you stopped by to enjoy my haiku. Thanks for the sweet comment. See you at the Inn!

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      lyricwriter,

      I appreciate your nice comments and support and am delighted that you enjoyed reading my winter reflections. Happy to have you as new follower too- Thank you!

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Russ,

      Many thanks for your thoughtful comments. I have greatly enjoyed reading the haiku of other hubbers, yours included, and am deeply moved by your compliment. I am thrilled to find so many writers here on HubPages that share a love for this poetic form and expression. I, too, look forward to reading more of yours. Best wishes for the new year!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Voting up These haiku's are perfect. Much more depth and meaning to them than some I have read.

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      csheal6249 

      6 years ago

      What an awesome winter photo that shows how beautiful nature is. The Haiku message explains the passage of dawn and the festivities leading to spring. Really Good Article. Hope to read more from you. Thank You.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. Very detailed words in your Haiku. So much with so litte. Very nice.

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      breakfastpop 

      6 years ago

      What beautiful poetry.

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      Russ Baleson 

      6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Cat, there are many haikus on HubPages but I find yours stand out above most. You have grasped the essence of what makes a good haiku. The simplicity, the imagery, the seasonal connection and the overall complete story it tells. And here you've actually linked three together, beautifully, something that haiku purists are nervous about, and it works so well. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your work and look forward to more. Russ

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Alicia,

      I really appreciate your feedback and kind comments. Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These poems are beautiful, cat on a soapbox. I love the imagery, especially in the first haiku with its "sullen repose".

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, SomewayOuttaHere, for your thoughtful comment. It is such a compliment to know that my words have effectively appealled to your senses. I appreciate your reading my work and hope you check out more of my hubs.

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      SomewayOuttaHere 

      6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ..nice...i really, really like the second one - can hear it and feel it....

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Sunnie Day,

      I am so pleased that you enjoyed my winter reflections and am delighted to have you as a new follower. I also appreciate your writing as well and see that we share many interests. Thank you for your nice compliments!

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, NightFlower. I'm glad that you appreciate the beauty of winter. It is the season of calm and rest. I hope you'll drop by again soon!

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Oh my these Haiku's are simply perfect and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

      Sunnie

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