3 MORE HAIKU Framing seasons three Winter starts and ends the year Annual bookends *** A breath of warm air She comes around the mountain Chase Winter away *** She pushes forth life Her pungent verdant bower Earth's labour's give birth
10/27-28/21 ENTER THE EVENING A shadow crept across early evening. As I was retrieving the mail I stopped in my tracks and looked up. A thousand wings whispered across the autumn sky in undulating murmurations of velvety simplicity. None collided with the other but danced a ballet in perfect synchronicity across heaven. The tinted hues of sunset; royal purple and brilliant orange painted against a dark blueing background. Even the cricket at my foot that stopped its chirping and, propped up against my shoe, seemed to look up in amazement. A pair of local chipmunks scurried about in the chilled air foraging for nuts and berries to store for winter - oblivious to the magic in the sky. In one step I had travelled from the reality of a chaotic and stressful day into a calm, quiet and peaceful evening.