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Note from Elaine: My poet friend Roberta Fine loves Northern New Mexico’s landscape, weather, moods and terrain. Like me, she has lived in this part of the country for many decades. The drama of Southwestern landscape is captured in her exquisite word sketches. Enjoy this poetic retrospective of 2015.

2015 BEAUTY BEHIND ME

Sunless and socked in

Sunless and socked in

by Roberta Fine

January
Clouds obscuring sky
Three grey days without a gleam
Faces growing glum.

February
Snowflakes hurrying
Falling fast as twilight falls
Fire popping, sizzling.

March
Yesterday’s whiteness
Warming into rich brown mud
Finch splashing puddle.

April
Apricot blossoms
Ahead of time, yet again
Meeting early death.

May
Twitter filled morning
Moist, soft air muffling bird talk.
Coffee scent drifting.

June
Fat English roses
Exhaling spicy perfume
Arching branches low.

New Mexico's sunflowers grace the late summer months.

Along with zinnas, sunflowers grace the late summer months.

July
Ragweed, tumbleweed
Stalking roadsides, lanes, gardens.
Rabbit chomps zinnias.

August
Roasted rose petals
Thirsting for the cool of cloud.
Zinnas flaunting red.

September
Summer lingering,
Apples dropping to the ground.
Nippy night begs fire.

October
Bluebirds gracing fence
Stopping for a feeding break.
Copper breasts match leaves.

November
Snow flowers blooming,
Clinging to long pine needles
Moist rug spot widens.

December
Full moon owning night —
Pearly light on festive crowd—
Church bells summoning.

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HAIKUshort 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.

Roberta Fine lives in Jacona, New Mexico and has been known to write a Haiku every img_0061day for entire years. In addition to writing poetry, she is a talented artist and creative cook. She can be reached at robertafine@centurylink.net

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