Omedeto Gozaimasu

Warm + Cool Muted Colors / Bassike X - Jonathan Zawada

“New year’s Day
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average” ~ Issa

the evergreen tree
still heavy with ornaments
sits dark with no lights

the chickadees bathe
in the birdbath of wild grains
leave tracks in the frost

book of blank pages
the new year cracks its cover
pomegranate skin

Artwork by Jonathan Zawada


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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