Haiku Sequence for the Turning of the Year

December 31, 1991|By Kathleen O'Toole

after November rains,

traced on the black slate stairs --

leafprints

on mother's birthday

wrapping the fig tree

her mother's ritual

the long, wet slide

of tires meeting slush . . .

then silence, fog

outside the sickroom

from an icicle branch,

a drop falls

amid swirling flakes,

cries of lingering birds

unseen

tree to roof to tree

cheeks bulging with snowy leaves

nest building squirrel

along black branches

clutching clumps of snow --

clusters of buds!

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