Wintering

The following haiku sequence was published in Solitary Plover (#19, Winter 2014), the journal of the Friends of Lorine Niedecker.


                day moon—
                the prize pumpkin
                lifted to the pickup


                                first cold night—
                                the farmhouse linoleum
                                worn at the sink


                                                a love stamp
                                                on the severance cheque—
                                                cold rain


                                                                scrambling too many eggs
                                                                       for breakfast
                                                                the widow


                                                                                snow day—
                                                                                your apple compote
                                                                                bubbling on the stove


                                                                                                pet cemetery—
                                                                                                the frozen earth
                                                                                                so hard to dig


                                                                                                                job interview—
                                                                                                                the snow shovel
                                                                                                                lifted from its hook