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April Is National Poetry Month

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I don’t tend to think poetically, so a couple of years ago I challenged myself to write a haiku a day. I confess I didn’t finish out my goal of a year’s worth, but it came to mind the other day when I saw that April is National Poetry Month. It’s all homestead inspired, so why not make a contribution?

I reckon I would call this small collection “Winter.”
Dawn brightens blue
contrails cross beneath the moon 
sun peeks in the east
Head tall, watching all
feather sheen in black and green
strut, strut, pause – Rooster!
Clear sky, bright white sun,
Brisk wind biting my nose and cheeks
Winter is still here
Streaks of dappled grey
reach across the sky. No sun.
Will it rain today?
Crisp brown crunch beneath
soft grey paws. Pause. Green eyes fixed,
tail whips. Wrens beware!
Drip speckled cat coat
Wet paw prints on hardwood floor
It’s raining again
Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip
Misty tree conversations
blue jays punctuate
Scolding chickadee ignored -
Cat on a mission.
Small puddle reflects
grey calm behind fleeting clouds.
Small splash, sparrow bath!
Misty shades of sky
No brightness to mark the sun
Rain smiles from the clouds
Towhees scratch and hop
hunting leaf-hidden morsels
Squirrels watch and scold
Spoon poised, sudden dark,
Silence loudly fills the house -
the power is out.
Crisp sharp air pierces
my breath. Dark stillness broken,
coyotes calling
Spring, yet not spring. Birds
twitter and chirp, winter lurks
behind the north wind.
A neighbor’s rooster 
crows and breaks the gray silence
Dawn sun arises
Smiling slice of moon,
crescent in the arch of blue,
Clear! No rain today!
Puffs of frosty breath
Ice caps on barnyard buckets
Robins heading north
Bright yellow on drab,
Winter’s first promise of spring
- daffodils!
Pale yellow sun breaks
winter sky of frosty blue
Songbird symphony
Neglected haiku
The day went by so quickly
Promise forgotten
Puddle splash, rain rings,
Step carefully or wet feet!
Birds chirp, they don’t care
Empty pasture waits
Goats stand at the gate and stare
Winter grass is scarce
Dog prints in the mud
Feathers scattered on the ground
Muscovy duck dead
Frost on the rooftops
Sun rises over pale blue
A warm day promise
High pitched screech aloft
like you hear in the movies
but this hawk is real
Twittering chatter
Community atop the tree
SWOOP! Silence in flight
Dull muddy sunrise
rain-gray clouds overshadowed
brilliant red breaks through
Fog dampens the sun
We look, we call, we wait. Where’s
Meowy? Gone??? – Found!
Wind whips bare branches
Thunder announces a storm
Instant pelting rain
Hair blown in my eyes
clouds racing across the sky
cold weather returns
Snow flakes on whiskers
Paw prints on the snowy steps
Meow! Let me in!
Red cardinals, white snow,
green and yellow daffodils.
Colors of winter
Four little noses
Eight hoofs, four tails, mama’s milk
Newborn baby goats
Frilly lettuce leaves
scalloped leaves of collard greens
winter’s survivors
Dots of daffodils
bright yellow on winter drab
Robins everywhere
Breezes kiss my cheek
Cobbled clouds across the sky
Trail of northbound birds
Bouncing hops and jumping
Racing across the paddock
Baby goats at play
Damp drizzly morning 
becomes rainy afternoon
Indoor work today
Robin speckled fields
The hunt for earthworms is on
Flight! Northbound again
Ice speckled raindrops
become lost in the snowflakes.
Goats stay in the barn.
Chattering treetops
Branches alive with starlings
What do they discuss?
Crows call an alert!
All eyes search the skies. A hawk?
Far above, he’s there
Anyone else?


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