On the Other Side of Winter


I wrap my scarf tightly. The chill sinks deep. Mist rises and falls on frozen earth. Veiled clouds swirl over icy pond. All is still… breathless marsh grasses.

I linger in hope of returning critters: rambling ducks, chattering red-wings and gossiping geese soon will come home. It’s the prattling cricket frogs I long for these shadowy winter days. Till then I’ll be tranquil myself and wait.

Alabaster fog,

bundled stiff between seasons.

Awake marsh grasses!

It’s Haibun Monday at dVerse!


  1. Grace says:

    I cannot wait for spring to come. Thanks for joining us.


  2. Olga says:

    Winter’s blanket of chills seems to last too long. Waiting seems like forever. Nicely written! ❤


  3. A wonderful haibun and I love your ‘Alabaster fog, bundled stiff between seasons.’


  4. kanzensakura says:

    I too am taken with the alabaster fog and the waiting for the seasons to change. Yes, awake marsh grasses!


  5. lillian says:

    …Till then I’ll be tranquil myself and wait… A beautiful line. As are the words “alabastor fog.” This is a beautiful write…as is the image.


  6. kim881 says:

    Ooh, I love that alabaster fog!


  7. I do wait in the same way. Alabaster is a great word for the cold beauty of winter.


  8. Michael says:

    Its what happens isn’t it with the seasons, we get into one season and we start to generate expectations for the next season we are awaiting….you captured this well.


  9. Alabaster fog – what a fabulous thought! I like this piece!


  10. says:

    That haiku!!! Yay! So awesome. 🙂

    “The chill sinks deep. Mist rises and falls on frozen earth.” … Here, I misread “mist” as “mint,” which I love. It makes me think of those mint-chocolates on hotel pillows. Let’s picture that together, okay?


  11. Thotpurge says:

    Alabaster fog.. fantastic image.


  12. frankhubeny says:

    Nice description of longing and waiting for spring.


  13. Your photo is so well described by the haibun!
    Beautifully crafted. 🙂


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