Haiku: Christmas Presents



Here is a selection of haiku written over the holiday period, including the ground-breaking 'dogging haiku' that was deemed too risque for publication by the British Haiku Society.

Christmas Presents

Cold dawn…
a car engine starting
sends gulls screeching.

.

fox
with the same face as me
seconds before we hit it

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How lonely
outside the furniture shop
our old sofa.

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late home
the moon
the evening star

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Dawn stillness…
a heron practicing yoga
by the river

.

Finishing the address,
my father tears a page
out of his notebook.

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December cremation:
my grandmother’s ashes
settle on the windscreen.

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My daughter
plucks a pink rose
from the wreath.

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My wife walks
across our bedroom,
unties her nightgown.

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Up before everyone –
catching the first haiku
of the day

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Winter dawn…
the postman’s red fingers
squeezing envelopes.

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Christmas Eve:
Mrs Claus on all fours
in the Asda car park.

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Christmas presents:
stripy socks;
a different outlook.

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Boxing Day walk –
a strip of light
along the horizon.

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Saying goodbye
to my brother –
his straight back.

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Visiting relations;
the Christmas tree unlit
in our front room.

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New Year’s Day –
same face
in the mirror.

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January –
how dark the front room
without a Christmas tree.

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Rain at the windows…
sharing the room
with silence.

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I drill another hole
for the smell
of burnt wood.

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Lawnmowers
cutting out one by one –
July evening.

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As the sun goes in
swimmers appear
in the water.

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hire car
beach-towels on the window shelf
the heat


©2012 Dan Wyke

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