Crystal Prison Guards – #Haiku #TankaTuesday

Crystal Christmas Landscape

Icebound sentinels
Overlooking valleys grim
Sun holds prison keys


This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge #156, poet’s choice of words.

I took this picture something like a decade ago, during a winter storm that coated every branch, leaf, and needle with a thin, exacting layer of crystal ice. You couldn’t drive anywhere, the electricity was down, and the phones were all useless. The mountains felt like a prison.

9 thoughts on “Crystal Prison Guards – #Haiku #TankaTuesday

  1. crispina kemp says:

    It does seem odd, and I do know the reason for it, but to live so far north, though hardly the most northerly, and yet not be affected by the annual big freeze… Britain indeed an island blessed… by the warming flow of the Gulf Stream

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Yes – you’re evidently very lucky! This sort of ice storm isn’t very common here, but the one year this happened – can’t remember if it was 2009 or 2010 – it was considered pretty bad. Right now I’m just going to enjoy my 60F (15.5C) degree December and walk my dog comfortably enough. đŸ™‚

      • crispina kemp says:

        Gosh, 15C. Ours has now dropped, sub-zero at night, rising to around 6 during the day. And still we have rain.
        I’d say the worst we’ve had since I moved to the coast was the year we had what was described as *icebergs* floating on the estuary. No, not real ones, but enormous chunks of ice that had come down river from the many broads that feed into it. Still, for the ice to be so thick, it must have been cold.

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