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September 10, 2009

Haikus in Season

By Christa Countryman

So, Dave's Haiku Challenge caught me in the middle of a lament over the state of my calendar for the fall and winter. It's already pretty full, and it doesn't look like it will let up until, well, next summer (poor me, I know). I know that some of you can relate, and will probably appreciate the sense of resignation in the first haiku below. The haikus that follow the first are an attempt to redeem the year in light of Christ. A reminder, if you will, of what we can be thankful for as our schedules and responsibilities change with the passing of summer. So, as we enter new seasons of life and weather, may what Christ makes new also appear reborn in our eyes and in our lives.



Summer ends.

Starting now, it's a headlong rush to June.

Merry Christmas.



Lavender buds and

blueberries in white bowls make

my heart summer-warm.


Caramel leaves fall,

mottled angels warm soft earth;

winter's sleep steals in.


Is it easier,

do you think, to see heaven

in winter's red promises?


Waning white yields to

green expectation. Cold world,

rub your sleepy eyes!


Open doors welcome

sweet, warm, sun-filled air; fluffy

clouds bleed rain and shade.


Solomon did not 

see that each berry and bud

are summer's snowflakes.

Posted by Christa Countryman at September 10, 2009 9:59 AM Bookmark and Share


Your post is lovely.
Bright light breaks up the gloom now.
Gratefully dazzled.

Comment by: Adrianna Wright at September 11, 2009 12:34 PM

Great stuff, Christa!

Comment by: Dan Reid at September 14, 2009 4:05 PM

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