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A cocoon of love
covered in Gram’s handmade quilt
winter storm raging.

Rose Kowaliw

Christmas in Charleston
foregoing the winter snow
Santa knows we’re here.

First Snow
Rose Kowaliw

Night falls silently
like the glistening snowfall
winter has arrived.

Rose Kowaliw loves the sparse beauty of a Haiku and its illusion of simplicity.

December 26th
Carol Ann Palomba

Boxing Day—the deer
in my snow-covered yard leave
presents by the tree

Carol Ann Palomba

remembering you
silhouetted in the sun
tan skin, white shorts, sand

Carol Ann Palomba currently works in the publishing industry and previously wrote obituaries for a local newspaper. She enjoys the challenge of creating poetry that is visual, moving, and thought-provoking within the structure of the haiku form. To Carol Ann, haiku is poetry distilled down to its essence—its purest, most elemental form.

From Who?
Janice Scully

Snow blows down from straight branches—
a cryptic message
on the black tar road.

Winter Warriors
Janice Scully

After the blizzard
giant pines lying sideways
like broken soldiers.

Young Pines
Janice Scully

Cloaked in velvet snow,
bow and curtsey in winter—
then dance all summer.

Besides poetry, Janice Scully writes fiction, non-fiction and plays for Children and adults. in 2013 her haiku was chosen by the Syracuse Poster Project. Her poetry can also be found on line on the Every Writers Resource poetry page. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont College and lives in Syracuse, NY.

Time Lost
Chong Teck SIM

this coming winter,
fills me with dread, with sadness:
older by a year…

Chong Teck SIM is an aspiring writer from Singapore with a passion for art, travel, history, writing, literature, languages, and world cultures. In his free hours, apart from gaining life skills, he participates in volunteer work to give back to his community.

ars medica
Jane Blanchard

doctor’s directive
“wake up and smell the coffee”
rouses resentment

stranger’s instruction
“he is not worthy of you”
helps to heal new wounds

Jane Blanchard lives and writes in Georgia. Her work has appeared previously in Boston Literary Magazine and recently in Mezzo Cammin, Mobius, and Orbis.

Winter Melody
Patricia Rossi

musical cascade
snowflakes waltz in silent song
pure white symphony

Silent Morn
Patricia Rossi

snow laced window pane
cardinal perched on barren bough
winter solitude

Patricia Rossi is an attorney, freelance artist and writer. Her poetry has been featured in Long Island magazines and published in “Poetry Haiku. Her personal essays have been published in major New York newspapers. One of her academic papers was featured in New York Magazine. Patricia leads creative writing workshops for cancer survivors. She is also the recipient of a number of New York state funded individual artist grants. Patricia has utilized the grant monies to create and implement writing empowerment workshops for women specifically in underserved communities in New York State. Patricia lives on Long Island with her husband Ed and their adorable pup, Flanagan.

A Foreign Language
Michael Seese

speaking seattle
tall, grande, venti, trenta
i just want coffee!

The Cookie Climb
Michael Seese

young adventurer
eager to conquer mountains
scales kitchen counter

Michael Seese

i'm a connoisseur
give me substance over style
kidding! i'll take style

Michael Seese is an information security professional by day. Or, as his son could say even at age three, “Daddy keeps people’s money safe.” He has published three books: Haunting Valley, Scrappy Business Contingency Planning, and Scrappy Information Security, not to mention a lot of flash fiction, short stories, and poems. Other than that, he spends his spare time rasslin' with three young'uns. Visit MicaelSeese.com or follow @MSeeseTweets to laugh with him or at him.

Winter Sport
Krystyna Fedosejevs

Blades sharpened, skates on,
figure eights carve outdoor ice.
Bears hide until spring.

Humble Pleasures
Krystyna Fedosejevs

Chilli simmers spice,
hot chocolate mellows rum.
Birch log in hearth glows.

Krystyna Fedosejevs writes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Her recent work has been published at: Nailpolish Stories, 50-Word Stories, 100 word story, From the Depths (Haunted Waters Press), ShortbreadStories and espresso stories. Several poems and 'post cards' have appeared in journals. She won a poetry contest in 2011 (Alberta Wilderness Association) and was one of eight poetry winners in another, 2011. Her nonfiction appeared in flash fiction chronicles and in Wild Lands Advocate. Krystyna resides in Alberta, Canada.

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