Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Landscape

over the river
in my travels means down and
round lake michigan

"Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it
but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance."
—Charles Lindbergh

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Options

cracked window, back door
a second-floor balcony
who needs a chimney?

"Santa Claus has the right idea...
visit people only once a year."
—Victor Borge

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Freeze

cloud-filled gray sky
eager to spill its load of
rain or snow or both

"Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed,
can freeze the heart as much as blame."
—Pearl S. Buck

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Meeting Place

families gather
congregate in the kitchen
snacks, cheeses, stir frys

"Where do most people hang out socially at home?
The kitchen. No more maids, no more servants.
Today, most of us live another lifestyle entirely,
in which we're all in it together, and that's the fun.
—David Allen

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Tools

tape, scissors, ribbon
tissue paper and boxes;
or just a gift bag

"The gifts that one receives for giving are so immeasurable
that it is almost an injustice to accept them."
—Rod McKuen

Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Drip

snow melts on rooftops
jagged stalactites of ice
drip drip four-foot drip

"He's Mr. White Christmas, he's Mr. Snow.
He's Mr Icicle, he's Mr. 10-below."
—Snow Miser's men

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Wrapped

am I not a pro
if I wrap gifts with more than
three pieces of tape

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like
wrapping a present and not giving it."
—William A. Ward

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Convenience

tin of chew, Zagnut
7-Eleven Slurpee
last-minute shopping

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands
at times of challenge and controversy."
—Martin Luther King

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Time Off

working overtime
elves long for their vacation
to 'it's a small world'

"A world in which elves exist and magic works
offers greater opportunities to digress and explore."
—Terry Brooks

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Shopping Spree

gift certificates
endless possibilities
(up to twenty bucks)

"In the early days of the Indian Territory,
there were no such things as birth certificates.
You being there was certificate enough."
—Will Rogers

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Santa Comes Early

upset in Motown
with bench-warming quarterbacks
Lions shut down the Pack

"Gentlemen, it is better
to have died as a small boy
than to fumble this football."
—John Heisman

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Digging Out

shovels skidsteers plows
pushing scooping and hauling
winter deposit

"Few things are as democratic as a snowstorm."
—Bern Williams

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Snowfall

night becomes brighter
a blanket of pristine white
reflects the moonlight

"Advice is like snow;
the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon,
and the deeper it sinks into the mind."
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Backup

red passenger van
rows of benches, seats fourteen
Santa's other sleigh?

"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip."
—Gary Allan

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Baked


a pinch or a cup
too much or not quite enough
amateur baker

"Most hard-boiled people are half-baked."
—Wilson Mizner

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Cold


winter approaches
deeply inhale crisp sharp air
through frozen nose hairs

"Nietzsche claimed that his genius was in his nostrils
and I think that is a very excellent place for it to be."
—Federico Fellini

Monday, December 06, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Clicks


a mouse or touchpad
scurrying over links to
shop in israel

"If you can dream it, you can do it.
Always remember, this whole thing
was started by a mouse."
—Walt Disney

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Timed


lights on a timer
festive mood allowed only
from 4 to midnight

"I'm not saying my wife's a bad cook,
but she uses a smoke alarm as a timer."
—Bob Monkhouse

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Stores, Round 1

stores, round 1

parking overflow
nine hours spent shopping for
my holiday cheer

"If you think the United States has stood still,
who built the largest shopping center in the world?"
—Richard M. Nixon

Friday, December 03, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Decoration


the halls bedecked with
wreaths of cindy, lights of jane
and boughs of holly

"The boughs that bear most hang lowest."
—David Garrick

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Wishes


cliché christmas list:
socks, tie, cash, soap on a rope
oh...and world peace, too

"You can't cross the sea
merely by standing and staring
at the water. Don't let yourself
indulge in vain wishes."
—Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Holiday Haiku: Take Cover

take cover

thirty-one long days
of bustle, stress, nog, JC
till january

"I begin to think, that a calm is not
desirable in any situation in life.
Man was made for action
and for bustle, too, I believe."
—Abigail Adams