Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Frost Flowers

Winter has arrived all at once - blustery gusting wind, swirling billows of snow, and icy temperatures that made me run right back inside for a thicker coat and woolly gloves.  It could have been oh-so easy to complain and moan about the miserable weather.  But look at the gift winter has left on the window of our front door!  Peering at the world through those frost flowers changed my view of the day and of the season.  What other surprises are in store?  Will I have my eyes and heart open to see and receive them?

Here are several haiku by the poet Basho to celebrate winter's arrival as we approach the longest nights of the year.  

Awakened at midnight
by the sound of the water jar
cracking from the ice.

Borrowing sleep
from the scarecrow's sleeves
midnight frost.

Hello!  Light the fire!
I'll bring inside
a lovely bright ball of snow.

Winter solitude -
in a world of one color 
the sound of wind.

Winter has the upper hand now, so brew yourself a cup of tea.  Get snug under an afghan and enjoy a good book or a bit of knitting.  Make the most of the season! 


  1. Exquisite - both the art and the writing. :)

  2. Beautiful post!

    I love frost, too. Then again, I'm a lace sort of girl!

  3. Lovely thoughts, and frosty goodness!