Winter Creeps Up Unawares- a Poem and Haiku

Winter Creeps Up Unawares – a Poem and HaikuWinter Creeps Up Unawares

An icy chill is in the air,

Someone stole the Sun!

Just days ago I was outside

Engaged in outdoor fun.


But, Winter creeps up unawares,

Jack Frost’s a sneaky thief.

He stashed the Sun inside his pouch

To give the Earth some grief.


Though, Winter has its place as well,

A beauty all its own.

The World is clothed in purity

Like a snow-white wedding gown.


Some plants need frost to germinate

And winter seeds are sown,

Lakes and ponds have frozen o’er,

And chilling winds have blown.


We all have favourite seasons

Like Summer, Spring, and Fall,

But unlike many other folks

I like Winter best of all.

Give me Winter, please
Life moves more slowly

A Collection of Winter Haiku

I welcome Winter

It makes the world seem clearer

Colours bleached away.


Trees are bare of leaves

Some countries are clothed in white

Hibernation time.


Seasons come and go

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Here, it’s Winter’s turn.


Give me Winter, please

I hate the heat of Summer

I like to snuggle.


Life moves more slowly

People like to stay indoors

Winter is peaceful.


by John Hansen © 2018



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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction, and thoroughly enjoying this, especially flash fiction. I have been fortunate to have two poems made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. My services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years are now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

4 thoughts on “Winter Creeps Up Unawares- a Poem and Haiku

  • June 17, 2018 at 10:14 PM

    Great work John, as all the season are gifts in offering a contrast and broader perspective. Each has its own nuances and beauty, each a sting. Its up to us to appreciate every little thing. Cheers!

  • June 17, 2018 at 10:47 PM

    Thank you, Tony. You are right that all the seasons are gifts and need each one appreciated for the contrasts it offers.

  • June 18, 2018 at 2:05 AM

    John, this is a delightful poem as are the Haiku. You are so good at rhyme and rhythm. I like winter as long as I am inside and warm. I love to watch the winter Olympics. Great work on winter.

    PS: please see note in edit.

  • June 18, 2018 at 4:11 AM

    Thank you, Phyllis. Your generous comment is appreciated. Yes, the winter Olympics are fun.
    p.s. I have no idea what that error message even means. I sent you an email.

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