summer bonfire
the Christmas tree lights up
one last time



(originally appeared in Prune Juice, Issue 11, November 2013)

8 Responses

  1. Alison Hedlund Says:

    The perfect "Christmas in July" image! Love it. Perfectly captured.

  2. Theresa C. Says:

    Yes, I can see the outline of the tree in the bonfire. Love the mixing of the seasons here.

  3. pbergonzi Says:


  4. Alan Summers Says:


    A fine poem, either an expertly executed senryu, or a haiku with both poignancy and humor. Either way it's a winner! :-)

    christmas morning heat –
    two fledgling mudpie larks
    pecking cobwebs

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Blithe Spirit Vol. 7 No. 1 Feb 1997; sundog haiku journal: an australian year sunfast press 1997 reprinted 1998 California State Library – Main Catalog Call Number : HAIKU S852su 1997; de facto 2, issue 2. (2008)

    Composed in Queensland, Australia, where Christmas is cold for an hour or two at best.


  5. Annette Makino Says:

    Thank you Alan. Interesting to get the Southern hemisphere perspective in your haiku!

  6. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    I love everything about this, from the surprise of the first lime!


  7. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Oops – 'line'!

  8. Annette Makino Says:

    Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful and appreciative comments!

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