Christmas Prelude

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Neighbor’s cat blends in

with rocks and crisp fallen leaves

Shortest day is here

Winter Solstice // a prelude

to Christmas Joy and new Light

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai poem about Christmas or Hanukah. This is also the Winter Solstice and the shortest day in our hemisphere.

Join us at: https://frankjtassone.com/2019/12/21/haikai-challenge-118-12-21-19-christmas-hanukkah-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

Chasing Daylight

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This beautiful Red Shouldered Hawk sat on a limb just beyond the edge of my back yard. The birds at the feeder did not seemed concerned and continued to come and go as usual.  I saw him dive down after a mouse in the weeds. That is how I happened to seem him.

Hawk looking for lunch

Making the most of daylight

Winter Solstice near

Phot: Dwight L. Roth

Frank Tassone  reminded us that we are coming up on the longest/shortest day of the year. This coming Saturday is the Winter Solstice in our hemisphere. Midwinter can only mean one thing… Spring is on the way! Our Haikai poem this week is to refer to midwinter.

Join us at: https://frankjtassone.com/2019/12/14/haikai-challenge-117-12-14-19-midwinter-mafuyu-midsummer-manastu-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

Light for the Soul

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Winter solstice brings
A dark day //with future hope
Dispelling darkness
See the candle burning bright
Light returns after the night

Men of old waited
In deep darkness for the Light
Their hopes never dimmed
A baby born in darkness
Brought us the Love of God’s Light

Though darkness remains
God’s Grace changes the hearts of men
Light shines all around
Through the lives of believers
In the soul’s dark night // Love Wins!

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Moon Painting: Dwight L. Roth