Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 Days of Haiku Christmas

'Twas a couple of weeks before Christmas, when all through the Haidan
Not a Haiyo was stirring, not even a mouse;
The Kaishi were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that the Master Basho soon would be there;
The Tenja was nestled all snug on his mat,
While visions of Senryu danced in his head,
AIKA in her “kerchief”,
OldSchoolBill in his hat,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter,

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now Yutsuko! now, Zadhiya! now, Suki & Suma
On, Sumi! On Tadako! on, Taido and Taka”
Down the chimney The Master Basho came with a bound.
And his kimono was all tarnished with ashes and soot;
He placed the GIFT under the tree with great care
“The World is a better Place Because YOU are There”
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."


Susan Schoeffield said...

I love the concept of this piece. Very clever play on the Christmas chestnut! Nicely put together.

Erin De Santiago said...

This is great! Love the accompanying photos! Quite creative!

John TheSupercargo said...

Nice one, Bill!
Is that really you?