“Winter Widow”, a haibun

My beautiful picture


At the window she saw the naked trees of winter lit by a slivered crescent moon, casting thin shadows upon frigid ground. Skeletons in the moonlight, these ghostly trees, as brittle as her own internal landscape. Little flesh about her, a fresh widow, reduced by grief now resembling the fragile branches outside in the sullen night.

There was a time when she was juicy, ripe with swelling tissue, wet with moisture, velvet of skin. She lapped at life with full lips and embracing gestures. Speared on her husband she moaned, screamed with laughter, pivoted in sheer joy. Her life had been full, overflowing, desirable, endless, a portrait of promise.

He died one day. Life turned surreal. Much remained, only the reason for living gone. The temperature grown colder, like him under the soil.

Outside it started to snow. She watched the gentle coverage of branch, bush and ground, a tender benediction offered to a cradled earth. She knelt in the snow, grateful for this arousal to life.

She would live, but he must be so cold under the snow.


Come kiss my warm lips
Cup my breast in your rough hand,
Growl into my mouth.


Jane Kohut-Bartels
Copyrighted, 2018



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9 Responses to ““Winter Widow”, a haibun”

  1. Frank J. Tassone Says:

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #13: Lady Nyo’s latest #haibun!


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Frank!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Timeless Classics -- Poetry by Ana Daksina Says:

    Reblogging this to my sister site, Success Inspirers World

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Frank J. Tassone Says:

    My Pleasure, Jane! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. kim881 Says:

    Wow! I love this, Jane!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kim!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. purplepeninportland Says:

    This is amazing, Jane! Sensual and sorrowful.


  9. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you. Sorrowful it is.


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