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December 29, 2006

2006: let it wane, let it wane, let it wane

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 11:02 pm

It’s December 29, and I still haven’t been able to utter more than one “ho” at a time.  Christmas Week has seemed gray and sluggish (or, is that me?).  I’d complain about there being no snow, but I really don’t like dealing with snow, other than looking at a picturesque scene or two.

umbrellaV Given this lack of holiday spirit and inspiration, I’m more than ready for the year 2006 (of the Common Era) to end, and for 2007 to arrive, with its tenuous promise of new attitudes and aspirations.   Meanwhile, a few more seasonal haiku and senryu might be in order, followed by a bath of poems from my friend Yu Chang, who has been battling a nasty holiday flu — contracted in L.A. and brought back home to Schenectady, thanks to our highly-mobile populace and life style.



steeltown Christmas
drizzle blurs
the neon welcome


christmas night
a candle burnt
half way down

. . . by MATT MORDEN                              
“steeltown Christmas” – The Heron’s Nest, Valentine Award (2002)
“christmas night” – morden haiku, Dec. 25, 2006

week after Christmas  SantaSleighN
an empty throne
in the mall



cold moon —
a moment of hesitation
years ago


. . . by John Stevenson – “cold moon” – The Heron’s Nest VIII:4 (Dec. 2006)


christmas eve
i give the mall santa
a jump



christmas eve…  
    we yank two ton
from the # 4 mine

    there ain’t enough coal
to put in the stockings

. . . by ed markowski  snowflakesnowflake

the year’s first sky
gives a gift…
snow flitting down

no one to give
New Year’s presents to…
little hut


the chicken is treated
to one…
New Year’s herbs

even our fleeting snow

. . . by Kobayashi Issa,  translated by David G. Lanoue


small sad face
in the puddle —
last weekend’s snowman


wintry mix –
a snow buddha
and a mud buddha  



last week of the year
ice floes rush
to the waterfall


. . . . by dagosan
“small sad face” – a procession of ripples; orig. Simply Haiku V4N3
“wintry mix” – Clouds Peak #1 (July 2006)
“last week” – Roadrunner Haiku Journal  Issue VI: 1 (Feb. 2006)


 ChangY  Yu Chang, featured poet, Dec. 2006, Mann Library Daily Haiku


winter sun-
through my office window
amaryllis in bloom



starry night
biting into a melon
full of seeds


cold morning
a pair of ducks watching me
watching them



left behind
at the mountain lake



still thinking of her    yinyang
the sticky threads
of the severed lotus root



time for breakfast
my cat’s tail
in the headlines


deepening dusk
a canoe comes in
with the fog



winter moon
through the grape trellis
squares of light


first frost
a homeless man appears
in the new development



mountain lake-
in your reflection


. . . . . by Yu Chang, from Upstate Dim Sum, etc.  gullsS


p.s.  I just found a shiny, unwrapped package under my tree — the latest edition of the Roadrunner Haiku Journal –  let’s open Issue VI: 4 together and share.  



  1. David,

    Thanks for the Christmas plug, I hope you and your readers enjoy the latest issue!!

    Comment by Jason — December 30, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

  2. David, thanks as ever for the plug and a Happy New Year to you – hope the muse continues to find you in 2007. matt

    Comment by matt — December 31, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

  3. david,

    here’s to a grand!!! 07.


    new year’s eve…
    the reflecting pond

    Comment by ed markowski — December 31, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

  4. Thanks to each of you for visiting this recently-sporadic website and for helping to make it so fine. Best New Year’s wishes back at all of you.

    Around here, the ponds haven’t had a chance to freeze yet. No ice-fishing this winter. Which reminds me of last year:

    mild Christmas
    the ice-fishing hole
    mostly hole

    Comment by David Giacalone — December 31, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

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