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My Week in Haiku

snow-capped mountain behind bare trees

One last frantic day
of packing-moving-driving
settles into peace.

Fierce Montana wind
blowing over snow-capped peaks
brings me home at last.

Woke in Yellowstone
to shaggy bison ambling
through snow and sagebrush.

I give thanks today
for the wild lands that sustain
all life on this earth.

Forty-degree days
have melted away the snow.
Few patches remain.

These short poems were written in response to Haiku Catchoo, the WordPress weekly writing challenge.

60 Comments Post a comment
  1. sustainabilitea #

    Yellowstone is one of the most incredible places on the earth. We were there again this summer. The bison are surely thriving! Is your top shot of the Badlands? Love them, too.


    November 29, 2013
    • Hi Janet! Thanks for reading. Yes, that top view is of Badlands National Park in South Dakota, one of the other national parks where I’ve spent a significant chunk of my career. I’m so glad you’ve been able to visit both parks–they’re truly national treasures.

      November 30, 2013
  2. Lisa Chesser #

    Jealous. Simple beauty–I wish I was there.

    November 29, 2013
    • I’ve discovered I thrive when I focus on the simpler things in life. I’m glad I was able to convey how much I enjoy this place–and I hope you get to visit someday! :-)

      November 30, 2013
  3. callmemisschiq #

    Reblogged this on ponderingsandgreentea and commented:

    November 29, 2013
    • Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it enough to share. :-)

      November 30, 2013
      • callmemisschiq #

        Haiku reminded me of my elementary days :) used to sing them out like songs.

        December 9, 2013
      • callmemisschiq #

        Used to write haikus back in elementary years and sing them out in random tunes.

        December 14, 2013
  4. Brenda #

    Beautiful, peaceful and amazing photo!

    November 29, 2013
    • Thanks so much, Brenda! I appreciate your taking the time to say so. And the word “peaceful” really describes how this lovely place makes me feel. I’m glad that I evoked that feeling for you, too.

      November 30, 2013
  5. #

    Lovely post.

    November 30, 2013
    • Thanks very much! It’s kind of you to take the time to comment.

      November 30, 2013
  6. SAN_jeet #

    impressive writing

    November 30, 2013
    • Thank you! This was fun–very different from the kind of writing I usually do.

      November 30, 2013
  7. BolognaFoot #

    Reblogged this on Bologna Foot and commented:

    November 30, 2013
  8. Donkey Whisperer Farm #

    We love Yellowstone, thank you for sharing.

    November 30, 2013
    • It’s a powerful place, and it really sets its hooks into you! I’m glad you’ve been able to see this beautiful country. Thanks for reading.

      November 30, 2013
  9. thelocalguide #

    The foto is amazing. Maybe some day I’ll have the chance to go there myself..

    November 30, 2013
    • Thank you! I hope you do get to visit Yellowstone and the surrounding area. It’s absolutely beautiful country. Though I may not have grown up here, this landscape feels more like home to me than anywhere else I’ve ever lived.

      November 30, 2013
  10. laurabecknielsen #

    Simple. Sweet. Earthy. Down to earth. Refreshing. Thank you.
    PS- That buffalo shot reminds me of my Bouvier des Flanders when he eats the snow. ;-) Cheers!

    November 30, 2013
    • Thank you, Laura. Give the dog a good head scratch for me, and hope he gets out in the snow soon. :-)

      November 30, 2013
      • laurabecknielsen #

        I will! The next big dumping I’ll write a post full of photos. It’s the only time of the yearI can get good photos of him. You’ll see why. Cheers!

        December 1, 2013
  11. mithriluna #

    What wonderful haiku’s! I have never written a haiku but reading yours has inspired me! I love the image. Love Yellowstone. Miss it.

    December 1, 2013
    • Give haiku a try! They really are great fun to write.

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading. :-)

      December 1, 2013
  12. 23066qwertvv #

    That’s a cool animal

    December 1, 2013
    • Bison? They’re absolutely amazing. So perfectly adapted for winter.

      December 2, 2013
  13. Susannah Ailene Martin #

    That’s creative.

    December 1, 2013
  14. segmation #

    What an awesome week! Thanks for sharing.

    December 1, 2013
    • My pleasure! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      December 1, 2013
  15. bigolgtrain #

    These are very nice Haiku’s. I love how they show your eventful week. Im sure it doesn’t cover everything but it gives good insight on how it must have been.

    December 1, 2013
    • Thank you. I enjoyed the process of trying to distill all the events of each day down to the most important seventeen syllables!

      December 1, 2013
  16. klweston1984 #

    Brilliant! Think I need to write more haikus; my blog posts are faaaar too long. Think you may have inspired me!

    December 1, 2013
    • Yes! I definitely tend to be long-winded. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s fun to mix things up and try something different very now and then.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      December 1, 2013
  17. lrose #

    Reblogged this on by LRose and commented:
    Wonderful Thanksgiving tribute

    December 1, 2013
  18. jeremygoldwasser1995 #

    Great piece! check this out

    December 1, 2013
  19. rafaaflores #

    Reblogged this on royalink3's Blog.

    December 1, 2013
  20. kolkatatv #

    Reblogged this on kolkatatv.

    December 2, 2013
  21. kimfrizt #

    Beautiful photo and haiku!

    December 2, 2013
  22. barkimustapha272 #

    Reblogged this on Automation.

    December 2, 2013
  23. cherubim27 #

    Reblogged this on lampinthedarkness and commented:
    Love my Montana and miss it fiercely. Great haiku blog.

    December 2, 2013
    • This is a special part of the country, and I miss it whenever I’m away. Hope you’re able to get back someday soon.

      December 2, 2013
  24. cherubim27 #

    Good writing. Thanks for bringing it to life.

    December 2, 2013
  25. સંવેદનાનો સળવળાટ #


    December 2, 2013
  26. mikesight #

    Reblogged this on MikeSight and commented:
    Wish I saw this in my yard!

    December 2, 2013
  27. drewster55 #

    I have never been
    to Yellowstone, but I did
    enjoy your haikus

    reading your haikus
    gave me a chance to see it
    words can make pictures

    December 2, 2013
    • That is wonderful!
      You have made me smile today
      And I am grateful.

      December 2, 2013
      • drewster55 #

        Words can be fine art
        A brush on canvas, meaning
        found by its readers

        Glad to see others
        appreciate them for their
        power and beauty.

        December 2, 2013
      • drewster55 #

        Glad to see others
        appreciate words for their
        power and beauty.

        December 2, 2013
  28. senafrost #

    Seeing through your eyes and feeling the bustle of the week this is a beautiful summary of what must have been an amazing week. Thank you for giving us a peek into this beauty.

    December 3, 2013
  29. officialnut #

    Reblogged this on officialnut's Blog.

    December 3, 2013
  30. jack miko #

    Amazing Place, someday I will come…

    December 3, 2013
  31. JunkChuck #

    I’m partial to Wednesday, but they’re all good. Someday my wife and I will have Christmas at Old Faithful.

    December 9, 2013
  32. winstonwolfrider #

    I’m visiting next summer…maybe you can recommend some “Not To Miss” spots?

    December 10, 2013
  33. GYM MUTT #

    I would love to run a few miles there! Or blast out some walking lunges while wearing a 50ibs weighted vest. Nothing better than incredible nature!

    December 16, 2013

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