first snow ...
the children's hangers
clatter in the closet

—Michael Dylan Welch

As a kid living in Winnipeg, the cold and snow was omnipresent during the winter, but we made the best of it by making snow forts, skating, and other outdoor activity. The hangers in the closet by the back door of our house used to clatter quite a bit each winter whenever we went outside to play in the snow.

Previous publications:

Woodnotes #23, Winter 1994, p. 6.
The Haiku Anthology. Cor van den Heuvel, ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999, p. 272.
Snapshots #4, Oct. 1998, p. 40.
The New Haiku. John Barlow and Martin Lucas, eds. Liverpool, U.K.: Snapshots Press, 2002, p. 163.
Presence (England) #18, Sept. 2002, p. 48.

About the author: Michael Dylan Welch is editor/publisher of Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem. A long-time vice president of the Haiku Society of America, he was also cofounder of the Haiku North America conference in 1991, cofounder of the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and founder of the Tanka Society of America in 2000. He has published his poetry in hundreds of journals and anthologies in more than a dozen languages, and has won first prize in each of the Henderson, Brady, Drevniok, and Tokutomi contests, among others. Though originally British, and having grown up in England, Ghana, Australia, and Canada, Michael now lives with his wife and two children near Seattle, Washington.

Responses to the haiku for 13 December 2007 by Michael Dylan Welch

    mike farley
    2007-12-13 10:39:14

    first snow . . .
    the electric blanket
    turned up to six

    2007-12-13 11:02:37

    first snow
    hot tub steam
    drifting swirls

    Bill Kenney`
    2007-12-13 11:16:48

    first snow
    the sidewalk swept
    by the wind

    mike farley
    2007-12-13 12:31:00

    first snow . . .
    the nine month old
    sticks out his tongue

    Ed Schwellenbach
    2007-12-13 13:18:18

    new boots
    the cadent crunch of
    compacting snow

    2007-12-13 15:20:22

    snow drifts
    roll across this field
    a cat purrs

    2007-12-13 15:33:55

    first snow -
    hurriedly winding up
    the garden hose

    2007-12-13 15:54:44

    first snow
    nine months later
    new baby

    mike farley
    2007-12-13 17:52:15

    Oh Penelope, you scamp - what went on in that hot tub?

    first snow
    her ski pants
    nicely fit

    somebody stop me!

    Robbie Gamble
    2007-12-13 17:59:03

    What a great coincidence! We had our first snowfall today, and all the kids are out whooping it up on their sleds.

    judith Ingram
    2007-12-13 19:50:19

    I think some of you have had too much mulled wine!

    First snow
    cardinals decorate the apple tree
    for Christmas

    Michael Dylan Welch (WelchM at aol dot com)
    2007-12-13 22:49:54

    Nice to read all these haiku. I especially like "first snow . . . / the nine month old / sticks out his tongue." Bravo, Mike! I have two toddlers at home myself, and I gravitate to poems about children. I'm a skier, too -- always loved snow. My favourite Japanese snow haiku is Issa's "snow melting / the village brimming over . . . / with children!" (This is David Lanoue's translation.) Joy!

    Alan Summers
    2007-12-14 10:01:01

    I'm certainly enjoying the responses here. ;-)

    This is another of my favourites of Michael's, so real glad it can be appreciated all over again at tinywords.

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-12-14 12:41:35

    judith, your mulled wine return thoughts to mind; one, the paths i've yet to cross.


    vin chaud-
    warmth in her finger
    to my lips


    first snowflake, on her cheek--
    this blush


    yellow snow
    this time

    2008-01-22 18:28:20


    first snow
    wrong shoes
    wet news


    first snow
    thin robe
    cold nobe


    first snow
    fresh prints
    bunny hints


    H. Gene Murtha
    2008-02-05 21:15:19

    some good stuff folks, and thanks
    Michael, I enjoyed your haiku too