Snow at Dawn

crisp winter, pre-dawn
waiting for the air to breathe
snow gently falling

Photo credit: Jason Hollinger, via flickr // CC BY 2.0



double rainbows dance
arching over canyon walls –
the joys of summer

Photo credit: Bryce Edwards, via flickr // CC BY 2.0

Note: I chose this photo over one with a double rainbow because this is the canyon that I was visualizing when I wrote the poem. You see so many rainbows in Hawaii! It’s no wonder the state license plate has a rainbow on it.


I learned about Sedoka last night over at Joseph Harker’s poetry blog, naming constellations, so I wanted to try one. According to, a Sedoka is a poem with the syllabic form 5/7/7 5/7/7, where each stanza (or, more accurately, katauta) comes at the same subject from different perspectives. I thought it would be fun to try one, which is how I came to write Impasse.

such impassive frost
devours heat from my soul
snow-bitten, withered, I lie

you lie before me
imposter, super-imposed
yourself, burnt in effigy

Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic, via flickr // CC BY 2.0