The Wind Looks Happiest

 

the wind looks happiest

in a blue flapping flag

– mid-winter

 

“I’m staying alone at Christmas,”

said the old cashier

 

in the singing tree

starlings outnumber the dead leaves

– mid-winter

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2017 #7 Christmas stress (meditation), another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s BB King –

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Beneath a Gale

 

beneath a gale

the pretty chaos of Christmas

lights in the trees

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Special #186 Georgia’s 2nd “days of Christmas” (choka), another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In this prompt we were given Georgia’s Christmas choka as an inspiration:

candles burn bright
Christmas trees twinkle
symbols of rebirth
in dark days of winter
school children home
play in snow-covered lawns
an old beggar stands
alone homeless and cold
angels smile sweetly
on a street corner at dawn
in newspapers
words of peaceful harmony
on the radio
sweet carols play day and night

Christmas card scenes
melt under the heat of hate
we know too well
the children are being good
anxiously awaiting gifts

© Georgia (a.k.a. Bastet, 2014)

All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s first John Peel and then Soft Cell –
 

Coy Candlelight

 

coy candlelight

prettier than blue vistas

telling tales

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem’s Seven Days to Christmas” #3, candles, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And here’s a fine song by Al Green, with a blink-and-you-miss-it reference to candles –
 

Before Kissing Starts

 

before kissing starts

scatter leaves of mistletoe

across your body

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem’s ‘Seven days to Christmas’ #1 mistletoe, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s a Christmassy blend of Kate Bush and Tim Burton –