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Note from Elaine: I’m in the final stages of editing a novel (All the Wrong Places) to be published in late 2016 or early 2017. The process has so consumed me, today’s post, one of my favorites, is a repeat.  My goal for this new year is to focus on gratitude for everything. I’ve flipped the script, from anger to appreciation. Understanding at the heart level has come about after years of searching and reinvention. As an adopted person who’s “adopted” many routes to healing, I’ve found that reading poetry is a balm. It is with great delight that I re-publish these haikus by my poet friend Roberta Fine.
Twelve Graces of 2014

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

Baldy’s white cap thins
Brown skull showing through the white
Waiting for a storm.
Fresh snow on Sangres
Opal tinted at sunset
Glow fading slowly.
Lady hawk surveys
White fields from catalpa tree
Great head swiveling.
Buried bulbs revive
In frozen lifeless garen
Reaching for the sun.
Clinging to twin trees
Raven pair tear at pine cones
Then leave together.
White threads vein mountainimages
All that’s left of winter snow
Garden pants for rain.
Fledglings line up
To take a turn at feeders
Lone bird pecks at ground.
Ravens’ raucous call
Splitting summer morning peace
Dewdrops shine on leaves.
Head held high, lone rose
Surviving frosty warning.
Someone’s chopping wood.
Tawny gold valley
Flaunting bold farewell to sun’s
Declining power.
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Capturing sun’s chilly fire
In sundown’s last glance.
Fuzzy moon peering
Down through tree’s bare black branches
Suggests snow tonight.

HAIKU-short poems that use words to capture a feeling or image of nature, beauty, or a particular sensory moment.. They are usually written as three lines: the first contains 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, the third line 5 syllables.
Poet Roberta Fine lives and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Finding inspiration from

Roberta Fine adopted Haiku as her medium of expression