Winter window, or: Cloudless

A haiku

cloudless cold
cloudy warm water
spoons slipping


The above was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt: Poets are to write haiku.

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40 thoughts on “Winter window, or: Cloudless”

  1. David, you’ve mixed in some interesting elements in your haiku. Like Kerfe, I like the alliteration. I actually came up with a last line without an -ing ending! “wet, slick spoons.” That ending still mimics the other alliterations you have in the previous two lines (c’s, w’s, and s’s). โค

    1. Colleen – I was thinking about the ‘ing’ as I wrote it, but it felt right to me in this haiku… I suppose, alternatively, I could have written something like “silver slips” – but the spoon in the photo caught my eye, and it had some of the same sounds as ‘slip’ so I went with it ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. Kerfe and I talked about the -ing endings as well. There are times when nothing else seems to work. I know! I entered some haiku contests not long ago and the critique was: too many -ing endings. That got me to thinking. Now, I work hard to not use them. I’m expanding my vocabulary in ways I never thought possible. LOL! โค

        1. in truth, I’d thought about this before I read what you wrote, Colleen – because I’ve used ‘ings’ that way – I may have used it this time, but it’s something that I’m being mindful of ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Me too. I hadn’t thought about the -ing endings much before. I thought it showed action, like a verb. Oh well. It was a good lesson for me. Japanese poetry wants us to share what’s in the moment ,so the tense seems to matter more. I’m sure I’ll make many more mistakes. LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. A blast

    lol… I wouldn’t have come to that

    I’m so happy when others give me an idea what’s going on

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