Distance Is Not a Factor ~ haibun

Distance Is Not a Factor

This morning finds me on a solitary journey, as my wife stays behind for work, driving on a ten-hour jaunt to visit my son and his family in Cleveland, where I shall hold for the first time my lovely granddaughter, now four weeks old. My drive continues the next morning, Thursday, taking me to Buffalo for holiday visits with both my son and daughter, interspersed with visits to sisters and friends.

Maxing out the time of that stay takes me to Sunday morning and a very, very long drive home, as I avoid driving on New Years Eve day, weather permitting. Indianapolis is a seven-hour drive and offers a layover if weather becomes a factor, leaving just six hours for an early drive home, the next day – hopefully early enough to avoid the serious drinkers on New Years Eve.

Odd breaks may offer a chance to read random posts by my friends on WordPress, but I anticipate a lot of catching up, once I am home.

for the holidays
distance is not a factor
when words aren’t enough

This graphic from weather.com shows the weather system over the States, as it is expected to develop, west to east, this week. My route (the red line) will be through rain, with snow expected in New York, once I arrive. The stretch from Cleveland to Buffalo runs parallel to the Lake Erie shoreline and is known for its “lake effect” winter storms. I’ve had my share of storms along that route. Hopefully, they will have passed before my drive home on Sunday.

miniature sleigh ~ haiku

miniature sleigh
pulled by eight tiny reindeer
footsteps on rooftop

stockings filled with treats
left by a jolly old elf
presents under tree

away through the night
like smoke rising from chimney
moon shining on snow

This trio of haiku is my response to
Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2018
~ Night Before Christmas ~

Santa by Fireplace, © Corbert Gauthier

The Night Before Christmas, ©Ruth Sanderson

Christmas Present – #writephoto


Christmas Present

A lovely pine with special meaning
Its very presence a sweet delight
Standing here before me

Snowflakes grace its gentle branches
Their luster offering a sign
A lovely pine with special meaning

Looking closer, a nest appears
A hidden gift within its branches
Its very presence a sweet delight

Imagine lights upon this lovely pine
Soon to be our Christmas tree
Standing here before me

It’s been several months since I’ve attempted a cascade poem. This one is my response to Sue Vincent’s (Daily Echo) Thursday Photo Prompt – Christmas Present – #writephoto, with her photo.
Cascade ~ four three-line stanzas, without rhyme
               ~ three lines of the first verse used successively as last lines of following verses
               ~ line pattern A/B/C, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C
               ~ longer poems may be created by having a longer first verse