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Winter ... Haiku

Updated on February 7, 2016
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Winter Snow - 'Aniron' - Enya

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The Snow Tempest


Endless ballets swirl,

Infused of nature’s poem …

Dancers turn the page


White streamings cascade,

Soundless, bending limb and stem …

Frozen tears linger


Wall to walls undone,

Moved by such tiny soft hands …

Boundaries obscure




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Love in Winter

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Fragile white tingles

Drifting soft on evergreen ...

Thoughts taste the cool mint


Snow’s satin cover

Enveloping shape and curve ...

Earth’s ample bed sleeps


Winter’s bitter grasp

Stings the air into silence ...

Spring holds our breath, warm



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Our Son's First Snow


He laughed in wonder

Beneath the white citadels …

Innocent of time


In bright red snow-suit,

Tufted and warm, leaped joyous…

The ice world’s young heart


Small, teddy-bear steps

Etched the path long forgotten…

Love lingers there, still.



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These sets of Haiku combine the old with the new. Thank you for reading.




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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We are getting close to that time, aren't we? The images of your words are beautiful, Genna! When I read something this lovely I am reminded of what is lacking at HP...a concentration on writing for the sake of writing. Well done my friend.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Genna,

      You put so much warmth, comfort and magic into a time that can be so chilling. Your pen flows with beauty and ease as you combine the old and the new.

      Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am sitting here with tears flowing. This is so beautiful, memories galore! Thank you Genna. You are remarkable!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These are so pretty, have always meant to learn to do these, maybe this winter if I get snowed in! Great photos too. ^

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Genna, these haiku's of yours change all the badness about snow into beauty and wonder one can only expect to see in heaven. Beautiful!

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You are a gifted writer. With ease and poetic grace you penetrate the hearts of your readers carrying them along in your abundant imagination. Winter Snow - 'Aniron' - Enya is a haunting selection, providing a panoramic view of your feelings noted in your poetry.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Such beautiful thoughts, words and imagery.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      How beautiful to set this scenery to music. I love Enya's voice and it certainly made your poetry come to life for me. I miss the beauty of winter and thank you for the memory.

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      DnWW 3 years ago

      You combined the cerebral with the sensual with the heart. The music is the tone one hears with each word. It is mournful when the snow bends limb and stem and destroys boundaries, yet seemingly innocent and beautiful. It is soft and heartwarming when there is joy. Haiku isn’t easy to write and I don’t often like it -- but this is wonderful.

      Dana

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh my ...Dear Genna!

      This is the finest haiku poetry I have read. Your masterpiece of a hub here takes my breath away with the sheer beauty of your words combined with your choice of stunning imagery, music and video.

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift of writing here!

      Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      this was absolutely worth the read bless you Genna East

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Billybuc

      Thank you for your continued support and encouragement, Billy. It means so much to those of us who write poetry for the joy of writing. Have a great weekend. :-)

      @Marcoujor

      Thank you, dear Maria. Snow conveys different emotions at different times, which is what I tried to convey. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words. Hugs. :-)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @AlwaysExploring

      Hello Ruby! It is so good to see you, my friend. Your words touch my heart, and I am grateful that this poetry stirs beautiful emotions within. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend.

      @JackieLynnley

      Thank you. I tried to select music and photography that would meld with the words in a way that told the stories in the Haiku. This can be a confining style of poetry with the rules it employs…winter is a good time to write them. :-)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @MartieCoetser

      Hi Martie. That is so true; many of the words do convey a kind of beauty and peace. The bending limb and stem and the breaking down of walls and boundaries were the not-so-nice things about snow, as the limb and stems are also our own; not just in nature. Thanks so much for your comments, Martie. It’s always a pleasure to see you.

      @Mckbirdbks

      Hello Mike. Thank you so much. The Enya video was a lucky find for me…the music and views I thought helped to convey the story of the Haiku. I am always grateful for your continued support. Have a wonderful weekend! :-)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @PegCole

      Hello Peg. Thank you for those special words. :-)

      @Teaches12345

      I was fortunate in discovering the Enya video; it truly does help the words come to life. I’m very pleased that this hub brought back beautiful memories for you. Thank you for those kind comments.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @DnWW

      Hello Dana. Thank you, kind sir. You understood these Haiku so well! Thank you for that very perceptive and thoughtful comment. Haiku isn’t easy to write, and I often break one of the cardinal rules: No anthropomorphism. :-) Hugs to you and Molly.

      @FaithReaper

      What a generous compliment...thank you so much, dear Faith. Snow conveys so much…it can be harsh in that it can undo “wall to walls” as we had with Nemo; it also has a singularity of view that is peaceful and quite beautiful. It hides our beginnings and endings as well…a demarcation of boundaries, and gives us joy and play. Nature is really quite fascinating. Have a wonderful weekend, Faith. :-)

      @FrankAtanacio

      Thank you! And to you as well, Frank. :-)

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      These are beautiful haiku's Genna. I love the image of the little boys teddy bear prints etching in the snow as they walk through the snow. I really enjoyed listening to Enya while I read these. Thanks for such an uplifting hub with winter Haiku's.

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      Catherine Tally 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Dear Genna,

      What a treat for my senses! This is absolutely wonderful haiku. I like the old with the new combination and especially love the images of your son in the snow. Your talent with words creates the most beautiful images and music which need no enhancement. I prefer to read them in silence but enjoyed Enya w/ the video on its own.

      My best wishes for a happy holiday season,

      Cat :)

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Amazing work--these poems have a quiet liveliness to them.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Cat On A Soapbox

      Hello, and thank you for that lovely comment! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this Haiku. It can be read in silence as well. I wish you and your family the very best for the holiday season. :-)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @RTalloni

      Thanks so much for those kind words. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      The word for these is 'exquisite'. I felt the need for a shawl. The music is still playing, but a problem with playing it while indulging in your poetry and gorgeous images is that the snowy drive in the video are missed. Had to go back and ride along it. I've been there - not recently, however. Enya - and Genna - bring it back! Just magical, a true Winter Wonderland. A cup of hot cocoa seems appropriate now!

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      Vincent Moore 3 years ago

      I was set adrift listening to Enya lead me through the magic of your pen. Like fallen snow your ink spreads the softness of the snow so eloquently over the page.My mind wanders and is at peace as you whisk me along like a fluffy cloud overhead drifting in a halo of whites. Yes indeed as Nellieanna stated, just magical and a true Winter Wonderland indeed. I just want to cuddle up and dream now, thank you for lifting the stress of my day with the beauty of your Quill dear poet.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful poetry and the video is awesome. So relaxing to listen to. I was transported to a winter wonderland by your poetry, photos and video. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Nellieanna

      Oh, Nellieanna, Enya is one of my favorite music artists. Although her arrangements may appear to be simple, they are layered with an ethereal quality that is disarming and exquisite. The ride in the video shows how the snow covers everything with a singularity of vision that is stunning; we cannot see where our boundaries begin and end. Nature is fascinating, is it not? I could write about it, endlessly. Thank you for that lovely and thoughtful comment! :-)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @VincentMoore

      “Set adrift,” describes my feelings when writing much of this haiku, perfectly. Snow begins so innocently…the occasional flurries that dance on the wind, to the layers that break down limb and stem – ours as well as nature that surrounds us. It can bring such beauty, joy and contentment as well. As with all aspects of nature, it can teach us many things. I am so pleased you enjoyed this hub, Vincent, and that it helped to ease the stress of the day. Your comments truly made my mine! Thank you. Hugs, dear and amazing poet.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Suzettenaples

      Hi Suze…it is good to see you. I see that you live near one of my favorite places – the Gulf of Mexico. I have spent several enjoyable vacations on Marco island and in Naples – a lovely area. Thank you for taking the time to read this hub, and to enjoy the music of Enya. I appreciate your very special comment. :-)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Lovely haikus, Genna, and perfect images as well. I particularly enjoyed the images provoked by your imaginative 'teddy bear steps.' Thank you, m'dear.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, Enya’s music is deep and so lovely. It’s similar to George Winston’s in being able to capture the ambience of a scene, but hers is more ethereal, I think.

      Yes, ‘singularity’ so well describes the scope of all that the almost relentless snow is, having no purpose but to fall and to cover, - and occasionally, to change - whatever it encounters, without any prejudice. It’s a quality found sometimes in young children whose purpose is that intense and single-minded! :-)

      Nature does have much to teach us about ourselves and about life. Of course it does, - it is the stuff of it! Though it may lack the ‘spirit’ we possess, we can see a reflection of the spirit at work in Nature’s expressions, or vice versa!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @drbj

      What a lovely comment -- thank you! I must admit that the teddy bear steps are my favorite as well. :-)

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Without prejudice” is the perfect analogy, Nellieanna. It is uncompromising, and completely bereft of negotiation. I heard a friend once comment that Mother Nature is “capricious as if she had some kind of bipolar disorder.” Alas, that is anthropomorphism -- is not? Needless to say, she will do as she pleases. Wonderful comments, Nellieanna…thank you! :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Not ready for true winter yet but thank you for this dreamy, winter journey

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Rasma, for that very nice comment. I'm not ready for winter either...it seems that the seasons fly past us these days...doesn't it? Good to see you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes, we do attempt to impose anthropomorphism on all that ‘we’ are not, including nature and the maker of the universe!

      Perhaps we’d be better advised to impose characteristics of all those 'others' upon ourselves, or at least, - try to, and then try to fit into their shining examples! haha

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Nellieanna.

      "...and then try to fit into their shining examples." That is a wonderful comment! Touche, my friend. :-)

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Just caught this one and enjoyed the collection. Jackie Lynnley must surely have been snowed in this winter and therefor curled up writing her first Haikus! I will have to get on the trail of those, too.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you! I try to remember these verses while we are immersed in endless snow and bitter cold this winter. It helps. :-) I have to read Jackie's too! Good to see you. :-)

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Beautifully done Haiku! You remain faithful to the tradition

      Great video.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you for the visit, and that special comment. It's nice to meet you. :-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Just awesome these haikus are, Genna! As I read I could literally visualize it all happening.

      Voted up, awesome and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful! Loved your haiku.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Rajan...

      Thank you! I enjoyed writing this, but am so pleased that this recent, freezing and extended winter is now behind us. :-)

      @Vellur

      I appreciate your visit and kind comments Thank you. :-)

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Beautiful! Great write Genna keep up the good work.

      ~~~God bless U~~~

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you! With summer here, and the temps climbing in a blast of humidity, I think of the cooler temps of winter. Good to see you.

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      ignugent17 2 years ago

      Beautiful haiku! I love the part about the frozen tears. Voted up and more!

      :-)

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a lovely comment...thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Your work here is breathtaking Genna!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Your words take on a life of their own with this magnificent collection of the Haiku. The addition of this magical music video with one of my favorite artists, Enya, opens the heart. So nice of Audrey Howitt to share this. Voted up and UABI as well as sharing.

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      There is nothing more beautiful, more fully expressive than Haiku. So few words capturing the very essence of a feeling, the image of winter and the "frozen tears"...your winter, so eloquently written.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is very timely and so beautiful both in words and images.

      Love it! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Audreyhowitt

      Audrey, you are one of my favorite poets. Your comment so warms my heart. Thank you. :-)

      @VocalCoach

      Hi there. :-) I am grateful for Audrey’s sharing…and so touched by your kind, beautiful comment. Thank you so much!

      @ArtDiva

      I am still learning this intriguing art form…still, the wandering student and child, so to speak. Welcome; thank for you for your visit and thoughtful words. :-)

      @Crispsp

      Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones as well! It’s good to see you, and to read your lovely comment on this bitter cold morning.

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      As the weather grows colder here, this was a perfect prelude to the season that is to come. Beautiful poetry.

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      Demas W Jasper 19 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Fall, frost, and snow here this coming Tuesday into Wednesday and I can pull these beauties up again to enjoy. Thanks.

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      Genna East 19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @FlourishAnyway and Perspycacious

      Thank you for those lovely and encouraging comments. We had such a terrible winter here last year; one for the record books. I thought of these Haiku while digging out from 8+ feet of snow that fell in 2 and half weeks, and hoped that this coming winter will not be so harsh. I do so love the snow, and the many presents nature brings with this lovely season.

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      Demas W Jasper 19 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      It was 77 F. here on 11/2 and will be freezing here tonight. That's how fast things can change. This may be our first real frost since last April gave us an unseasonable low to match yesterday's record high for November.

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      Genna East 18 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      From summer to winter in a matter of hours; yes, things can change in a blink. I hope you have a pleasant winter. :-)

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