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Nothing Haiku

Updated on April 29, 2017

The Winter

I moved to the UK from a warm South Africa fifteen years ago and am still trying to adapt to the cold winters here. I got into my car yesterday and noticed the temperature reading was 0. Nothing! Zero! Not a sausage (as they would say here in the UK). It struck me as rather comical and inspired a haiku.


icy conundrum

nothing should feel like nothing

not extremely cold


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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Woke up this morning and the temperature here was bbrrrr really cold. Right now it is -20 C. It does get colder :)

      Really liked this haiku.

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      JBeadle 5 years ago from Midwest

      Love the haiku. Especially when it is -3F here today.

      Brrrrrr!

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, -20c puts it into perspective. I am really lucky! Thanks for your comments.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks JBeadle, take a look at Susan's comment above, -20! Crazy cold.

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Growing up in Alaska 0° C (32° F) was warm! It's all relative. To put it into perspective, real nothing would be ?273.15 °C, so be happy! :) I loved the haiku, by the way. Voted up!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Very clever! Love the photos.

      Have a good weekend and stay warm. :-)

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      That should have read -273.15° C!

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Sueswan, you too. Russ

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Poetic Fool, yes, it is all relative. I find it impossible to imagine nothing. I guess that's why I find the concept of a zero temperature funny.

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      maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Good Morning Russ....Your short, sweet, and stimulating haiku awoke several images at once within me...

      Philosophically, consider that nothing is something simply by being nothing...Keats gave nothing substance when he wrote " When I have fears that I may cease to be " and said at the end of that poem " Then on the shore of the wide, wide world, I shall sit and think...till Love and Fame to nothingness doth sink "...

      Cold, cruel comfort offered by nothing for nothing...we are quite unable to ignore such, are we.?

      Take care, my friend, and bask in the warmth of appreciative fellow Hubbers that enjoy your work and your singular humor...Larry

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Larry, as always, I appreciate hearing from you and always enjoy reading your comments. I love the Keats extract. Ceasing to be is a concept that I believe we really can't imagine and many rationalise a world after this one to cope with this gap of reason. Go well my friend.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Russ-

      I enjoyed your clever wit here. Wonderful haiku!

      -Cat

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Cat (: xx

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      JBeadle 5 years ago from Midwest

      Hey... not to quibble but -20C is just a tad colder than -3F.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hey JBeadle, cold is cold. It's the -20c, the -3f, the 0 degrees, the cold, the cold, the cold, that makes me appreciate how wonderful the Spring and Summer is here. When I lived in South Africa, I appreciated the Summer and blue sky days but not nearly as much as I appreciate it in the UK.

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      Mona Germain 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Another evocative expression that even sounds cold in the word sounds you chose!! I really like the second line as it takes me off to explore other ideas--something to dwell on. Thank you.

      Just for the record--we had -13C yesterday! I am not even looking today!

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      JBeadle 5 years ago from Midwest

      Not sure about cold is cold 'cause -3F is cold but -25F with windchills of -50F is freaking insane cold. Your spit freezes before it hits the sidewalk cold! You can feel the inner lining of your nose cold. Horribly horribly cold. But I get what your saying! :-)

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Mona, it is the second line that I like too. I found that although I knew what I meant, depending upon how it was perceived could change the meaning completely.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Okay, that is freaking insane cold!!!! I am very grateful for our seemingly mild WInters. (:

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Very nice poem. I can't imagine what 0 degrees feels like. We're having wonderful weather here in WA. Wishing warm weather your way.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Savanahl, I guess it's all relative, it seems to some that this is mild! It's been minus five in the past week with much snow. I do appreciate your wishes of warm weather though. One of my favourite quotes however is: There's no such thing as good weather or bad weather. There's just weather and our attitude towards it. Thanks for your comments. Russ

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Stay warm! It is amazing how life inspires art. I enjoyed your haiku and the story of your move as well.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Krystal, thank you. Yes, I feel that is the essence of haiku, life inspiring art. Russ

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      sfrentz06 5 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

      Great haiku. I know the feeling having experienced Michigan winters. Warm wishes.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Strentz, another snow fall last night, your warm wishes are appreciated. (:

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      You might as easily have said that the essence of haiku is art inspiring life, Great observation about zero and nothing. Voted up and awesome. Following.

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      Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Perspycacious, thanks for your votes and comments. I love that angle, 'Art inspiring Life'. Works well. Regards, Russ

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