Published on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 4:30pm
I absolutely love this season! Here in D.C., there are many things to celebrate: freshly fallen snow; the cold, crisp air…wintertime is definitely upon us. In celebration of both winter and the haiku poetic form, I’ve composed a series of haikus (poems created in the Japanese style of writing unrhymed, three-lined poems--with each line containing five, seven and five syllables, respectively) as a way to pay tribute to this awe-inspiring, sometimes irritating (yet always beautiful!) time of year.
“Winter in D.C.”
winter is and was
wreaking havoc on streets/cars
yet we smile. i marvel.
a chilly kiss on
the cheek, to me, means that we
have winter to thank.
wintertime means love.
family, friends—loved by all.
Want to keep celebrating the spirit of the season in verse form? Interested in reading more haikus? Stop by your favorite DC Public Library and request these titles and more today!
Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart edited by Patricia Donegan
Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems edited by Stephen Addiss, Fumiko Yamamoto and Akira Yamamoto
The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology edited by Faubion Bowers
For the young (and the young at heart):
Haiku: Vision in Poetry and Photography by Ann Atwood
Flower, Moon, Snow: A Book of Haiku by Kazue Mizumura