Holderness Rd. Center Sandwich, NH

10 Dec

    I looked out my window this morning slowly moving towards the door… smiling, I saw the first snowfall lightly covering the back yard and exposing at its edge, new white paths into an open woods.

     (It was usual autumn foliage, sensuous in its finale. Out doing summers delightful green crescendo. Very colorful introductory and passing of those two seasons can never negate spring’s promising return with greater lovers that give them birth and death. They still, however, tease her about her promiscuity).

I was delighted to see, winter keeping his engagement.

    Kitchen is brewing, filling the room with the aroma of bold roast coffee. I can hear the kicking off of boots… the stocking pitter-patter of feet, of the artist, above me; carrying wood from the woodshed’s wheelbarrow, and scratching and scraping, stoking the cooling wood stove.

Our winter season has begun.

Seasonal borders

Between sun and snow falling

The line is lovely


Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Haibun, Haiku, Pine Cone Diaries, Poetry, prose, Zen


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28 responses to “Holderness Rd. Center Sandwich, NH

  1. Jae Rose

    December 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

    There is a sense of all being well and as it should be – what could be better 🙂


  2. Mish

    December 13, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I enjoyed the contrast of winter and coming into the warmth indoors. A gorgeous haiku.


  3. ladynyo

    December 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Wonderful !~ I think our Winter has also begun, but unfortunately without the lovely snow. Just rain here….but how evocative is your haibun! And a wonderful closing haiku.


  4. todadwithlovepoetryandprose

    December 13, 2016 at 3:57 am

    This is delicious!

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  5. MarinaSofia

    December 13, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Such an evocative description of the everyday consequences of the first snowfall – not at all high-flown and abstract, but really taking me there…

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  6. Sanaa Rizvi

    December 13, 2016 at 1:52 am

    The first snowfall is definitely an alluring sight ❤️ Beautifully done.

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  7. Glenn Buttkus

    December 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Winter is still mild, with only light dustings & a few inches of snow, quick to melt off, see in NW WA. But your paean to a white landscape is wonderful; really liked the haiku.

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  8. Bodhirose

    December 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I like the idea of seasonal borders and then overlapping until the one takes over the other. No snow or much of a border between our seasons here.

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  9. Grace

    December 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Winter is here as well ~ Looks pristine but I hate the shoveling and the messy roads ~

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    December 12, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Lovely verse that makes me think. We haven’t crossed that line yet, but I’m ready for clean white slate.

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  11. Victoria C. Slotto

    December 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    You put us on the edge of seasons with you, ZQ, much as I’ve experienced here this week–with serious snow promised for the rest of the week.

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  12. frankhubeny

    December 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I liked the idea of the lovely line between sun and snow falling in your haiku.

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  13. paulscribbles

    December 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Wonderfully descriptive Haibun and the Haiku’s last line is stunning.

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  14. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    December 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    This could be the winter here as well.. a wonderful winter to sense

    Liked by 1 person

  15. kanzensakura

    December 12, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    The Japanese believe the first snow is a holy event. Your haibun makes it seem so in a lovely, thoughtful way.

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  16. Gillena Cox

    December 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Warm wishes ZQ

    much love…

    Liked by 1 person

  17. 1sojournal

    December 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Vivid sensuous imagery,


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  18. magicalmysticalteacher

    December 12, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I also like seasonal borders—clearly defined ones! 😉

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  19. J Cosmo Newbery

    December 12, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Could do with a bold roast coffee now actually.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    December 12, 2016 at 12:42 am

    I’m not fond of cold weather myself, but you do make it sound both beautiful and cosy.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. bkmackenzie

    December 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    I can smell the burning wood and hear the season coming to life…bkm

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  22. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)

    December 11, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    The first snowfall is the most thrilling. It brings the year to a close with festive Christmas in between!


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  23. thotpurge

    December 11, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    How well you describe the scene…the sounds, the sights, the smells…I can feel them all.

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  24. Rall

    December 11, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    You make winter sound so inviting and cosy. I like watching it on tv especially at Christmas…lovely !
    It’s summer down under…sun and surf…winter is not too different either:)

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  25. Mary

    December 11, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Ah, your words could be mine as well. Winter is keeping his engagement here too…and it is indeed ‘lovely’ if one has to go out and drive in it! Always good having you join us, ZQ.

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  26. Sherry Marr

    December 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    And the poem, with its beautiful descriptions, is lovely too.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Truedessa

    December 11, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I think we might have the same view as I woke to a white dust covered landscape and more is on the way this afternoon. Autumn is bidding us farewell as winter comes a calling.

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