Happy New Year! . . .

I’m no more superstitious than the next person.  Maybe less.  But it is New Year’s, after all.  And we all have our own little ways of marking our territory for the coming year.  This year I’m ending mine with a new tradition: a ku-a-thon.  Well, maybe not quite.  But because 9’s my lucky number, I have counted out 9 ku (feel free to count out your own lucky number) to usher out the old and usher in the new.  

Happy New Year to you all and, thank you, for playing an important part in this venture I started just a few short months ago.  I wish you the best and look forward to hearing from you soon and often . . . in the new year!

New Year’s Eve
mapping out the distance
between here and now

New Year’s Eve
I prematurely pop
the champagne’s cork

New Year’s Eve
I can’t decide which shirts
to box for Goodwill

New Year’s Eve
our bonfire burns a little
brighter than last year’s

New Year’s Eve
parading through the house
the scent of cedar lingers

New Year’s Eve
we clang on pots and pans
the dog runs in circles

New Year’s Eve
the ball drop gets a jump-start
from the neighbor’s gunfire

New Year’s Eve
we ask for second helpings
of good fortune

New Year’s Eve
our chants to try harder
resolution for the year


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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7 Responses to Happy New Year! . . .

  1. What a great idea, Margaret … some fantastic images here … clanging on pots and pans and asking for second helpings of good fortune. Have a wonderful New Year!

  2. alee9 says:

    First off, congratulations, mi hermana, for your votes in the kigo and format Shiki kukai! Forecast for a lucky new year for ku, this is!

    I love all nine of your New Year haiku–you’re having a great ku-a-thon! But I love the 8th the most. I do need second helpings of good fortune because the first ones tend to slip away!

    Happy New Year!

    • Mil gracias, Alegria. I hope the “rabbit” treats us all a little better than the “tiger” did! I so appreciate all the support you’ve given me in the brief time I’ve been working on this blog. I count you, as well as the other wonderful people I’ve met through this endeavor, among my greatest blessings during 2010 and look forward to getting to know you and your poetry even better throughout this new year!

  3. wow. those are all fun to read. thoughtful, humorous, curious and oh! i know the way of THAT one. way fun. cool on your number 9 number 9 number 9. and fun on you for the coming year Margaret. play on, and fun on too. aloha.

    five hours old
    and i’m tired already
    the new year

    ha. i better go find some sleep.

  4. bwahahaha. yeah, given that it’s now 6 AM and i havnt slept yet. . . you’d think i’d listen to my self once in a while, wouldnt you? sheesh. yeah, fun on connecting up and play and ku. i can still smell the gun powder from all the fireworks here – and it’s been raining. sheesh.

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