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It Will Come, It Will Come… – #haibun #haiku


It Will Come

The wind bites my face.  I shuffle on, glancing up when the weather allows.  A blanket of white is drowning the land.  The calendar is playing tricks, mocking us with one blizzard after another while my Facebook shows me reminders of the flowers I saw on this day in the past.  I know, I need a little self-control and wait it out.  The lush plant life will return, recreating the landscape around me.  A strong gust makes me duck my head again.  I am not sure if I will preserver.

The world born again
Endurance over winter
Bloom to emerald

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.  The key words today were “Patience” and “Green”.  Following her suggestion, I didn’t use the words, I used only synonyms.

We are having our third Nor’easter in two weeks.  This one will be the biggest, with well over a foot for snow.  The weather forecast shows some of the coldest weather of the year coming later this week and another snow storm next week.  Every day for the last week there have been pictures coming up on Facebook reminding me that by this time every other year we’ve had flowers.  I want winter to be over!





Quiet stillness
Cold without you
But spring comes
Noisy and jubilant

Life in the air
My heart warms
And I’m alive

The flowers
Are here
are you?


Weekly Smile 67 #weeklysmile

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

OK, I sound like a broken record ;)  And for those below 40, I’m talking about how an ancient vinyl thing that used to hold music would skip and sometimes repeat the same thing over and over.  End of history lesson ;)

Anyway, I am, of course, talking about the weather.  After the coldest March ever and a large snow storm on April 1, The April Fool’s Snow Storm, spring has sprung!  It was over 80 F/27 C the last two days!  Buds are budding and flowers are flowering.  I’ve seen daffodils and crocuses.  On Sunday, before the “heat wave” I took a few quicj phone pictures (I always try to get spring’s first flowers): Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile 65

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I have not spent any time on line today.  I typically spend an hour (or two or three) reading blogs first thing in the morning – it is impossible to catch up, but I sometimes try.  But not today.  There is too much going on. And it is sunny!

It is ‘warm” – 50F/10C – and very sunny today.  It feels almost like April!  I saw some bugs when I’ve been out.  Bugs!  But t is odd.  There are several inches of now very wet snow on the ground.  Because the April sun is so much brighter than the January or February sun, even with sunglasses on the glare off of the new fallen snow is almost unbearable.  But it is great!  It’s not going to be below freezing for the foreseeable future.  It is going to continue to warm up, even into the 60s in about a week.  There will be some rain. Continue reading

The Teasing Month

Before the snow

It’s still winter
With dreams of spring
A teasing day
A teasing flower
With snow
In the forecast
We have lions
And lambs
The ski jacket
Stays unpacked
The shorts
Hidden away
A major thaw
With ice on the trail
Mud season
Will be here soon
As the winter frost
Slowly melts away
And no leaf
It is March
In New Hampshire

Weekly Smile Week 19 #weeklysmile

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Last week was not the greatest week weather-wise.  From Sunday to Sunday it rained every day.  Most of the time it was cold, the temperatures hovering around 47 F/8 C.  That’s not freezing, of course, but with the constant rain it gets bone chilling, particularly when you look at the calendar and notice it is May and all of your winter clothing has been packed away for the year.

Sunday afternoon the sun came out.  And it warmed up on Monday.  Tuesday was even sunnier warmer.  Today will be nicer yet.

Funny thing, there is that old saying “April showers bring May flowers.”  During the last week of April we had constant fire-danger warnings because it was so dry.  Dry and brown.  A week of soaking rain later and it is no longer brown.

The trees have all gone from buds to actual little leaves.  Every flowering tree imaginable is flowering, cherry, apple, dogwood, etc.   The grass is green and growing: I have to mow the lawn this week.  The birds are singing and the black flies are swarming.  Actually, the black flies have been active for about a month and is not the thing I look forward to the most about Spring in NH.

But that is what it is, Spring.  Spring has sprung.  It is beautiful!  In the last couple of months we’ve had warmer days, but there is a totally different feeling to the air.  It smells like Spring, feels like Spring, sounds like Spring, tastes like Spring.

So that is my smile this week: Spring arrives at last!

What made you smile this week?

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

April Showers

Morning, Wilton

The day shines darkly
In the window
The glass streaked
And spattered
Out with the dog
My hands are crushed
By the wet wind
Red ache
Teeth chattering
Those had better be
Some beautiful
May flowers!

It’s not that bad, but don’t you like to complain when there is a cold rain?  It was just a little over 35 F/2 C when I was out and my hands did ache….  So I’m complaining ;)




I remember, in my youth, coming across patches of three pedaled white flowers, the beautiful Trillium, and knowing it was Spring.  The special allure is a treat only of memory and the past, for the flowers aren’t to be found in New Hampshire.

On the wooded hill behind my house are patches of little plants.  Velvety dark tri-pedaled flowers have appeared at the top of their stems.  They are still Trilliums, just a different sort.  Pretty, but to be left alone, Stinking Benjamins are not to be sniffed lightly. Continue reading

Weekly Smile Week 11 #weeklysmile

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Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Although the last two days have been cold and wet, spring is here!  Over the weekend I spent as much time outside as I could.  I raked the yard for a few hours.  I went running in just running shorts and a t-shirt, no sweats.  I took the dogs for long walks and played with them in the back yard.  And on and on.  When i was inside I did a lot of spring cleaning type stuff like putting the humidifiers away.  And guess what?  I saw my first flower of spring, a crocus.  Sorry the picture is a little out of focus – I had the phone just a few inches from it – my phone does great panoramas but is awful for closeups.


This was a relatively mild winter.  On problem with having a mild winter is those teaser days.  You know the type, having short sleeve weather in the middle of February.  We actually had some flowers in January.  It makes me long for spring.  And now it is here.

I know it’s not a super inspirational smile, but it’s a big smile for me.  Perhaps next week will be better.  But remember, the whole idea is to look around you and see those things that make you smile, to help you appreciate the good things.

f you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the linky (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

They’re Back – Morning Visitors II

Silver Shadow

A rustling sound
Tiny hoof beats across hill
Dark shadow in the rain

Yesterday I looked up at our backyard hill. Because of the south-facing steepness some of the snow has already disappeared. It was about like this last year when I first started catching signs of my morning visitors. I wondered if I’d see them again this year. Continue reading