Andi Winter

Writer, Reader, Tea Drinker, Chrononaut

Today’s haiku

orange smokey sky from wildfiresthe burnt orange sky

campfire taste in the air

instinct begs me to run

-On driving down I-5 South from Portland, and into a steadily darker world of wildfire smoke during what should be daylight hours. Photo was taken at 3 p.m. Notice the streetlight on. The sky was slightly darker than this (cell phones are not true cameras). Coronavirus has nothing on wildfires.

Today’s haiku

cocktail that should be a greyhounda Greyhound in hand

under the shade on the deck

—what summer delights

Today’s haiku

surgical face maskthree days off from work

wandering the house barefaced

unexpected joy

—on not having to wear a mask at home

Today’s haiku

deck chair for loungingwhat ‘vacation’ means:

escape from reality

no chores, much lounging

Today’s haiku

book seriesa complete book series

one of life’s greatest pleasures

reading it straight through

-my sincere gratitude to Gail Carriger and her steampunk Parasolverse novels

Today’s haiku

laptop and tea on a deckfirst nice day in awhile

I videochat outside

to helo fly-bys

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seedlings in handmy seed starts languish

friends speak of garden bounty

I stare at my sprouts

Today’s haiku

fabric for maing masknew mask reqs at work

digging through my closets, find

old fabric untouched

Todays haiku

baseball on fieldah, impermanence

just when I find new normal

life throws a curve ball

Time Stand Still

I’m not looking back, but I want to look around me now.

This PSA brought to you by Rush.

Time Stand Still by Rush

I turn my back to the wind
To catch my breath,
Before I start off again.
Driven on
Without a moment to spend
To pass an evening
With a drink and a friend

I let my skin get too thin
I’d like to pause,
No matter what I pretend
Like some pilgrim —
Who learns to transcend —
Learns to live
As if each step was the end

Time stand still —
I’m not looking back —
But I want to look around me now
See more of the people
And the places that surround me now

Freeze this moment
A little bit longer
Make each sensation
A little bit stronger
Experience slips away…

I turn my face to the sun
Close my eyes,
Let my defences down —
All those wounds
That I can’t get unwound

I let my past go too fast
No time to pause —
If I could slow it all down
Like some captain,
Whose ship runs aground —
I can wait until the tide
Comes around

Make each impression
A little bit stronger
Freeze this motion
A little bit longer
The innocence slips away…

Summer’s going fast–
Nights growing colder
Children growing up —
old friends growing older
Experience slips away…

[Another version worth a look is the US Army Band’s performance in honor of Neil Peart back in February 2020:]

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