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Haiku for the Holidays

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Wanting some time of revery and zen this holiday season? Try some 17 syllable therapy and write haiku! This ancient creative poetry form of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second, and five in the last is a satisfying way to distill the sights, scents, moods, memories and mischief of life. And who can’t use a little bit of that with the holidays upon us? Here are some of my recent efforts. I look forward to reading yours in the comments!

collage by Linda Hoffman Kimball


Pockets Full of Miracles

Quarters, dimes, nickels.
Red buckets & jingling bells.
Helping change the world.


Ode d’November

November smells like
Bright swirling leaves; pumpkin pie,
Fine thymes; sage wisdom.


A Reason to Shop Online

Parking place jaguars
Stalk the exhausted shoppers.
Avoid getting malled.

Table Manners

Shape up, you turkeys!
Nothing says Thanksgiving like
Fights over drumsticks.


Autumn Twilight at Michael’s

Cornstalks and scarecrows,
Eucalyptus in the air…
Time for glue guns, gals.

Have some fun. Happy haiku-ing!

About Linda Hoffman Kimball

Linda Hoffman Kimball is an artist, writer, photographer, and poet who grew up as a faithful Christian near Chicago, & joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971 while at Wellesley College near Boston. Early on she assumed that all Latter-day Saints were articulate, inquisitive, faithful, and socially engaged since her role models in the University wards in Cambridge, MA., were. Her husband says she is “fluent, but not native” in Mormon-ese. She is a founding member of Mormon Women for Ethical Government.

11 thoughts on “Haiku for the Holidays”

  1. Linda, I like your holiday-themed haiku. I like the "change" the world "sage" wisdom and "malled" puns. Tee hee! You are very kind to share them. I'm not quite ready to look towards Christmas. I'm still taking in autumn. (Here in KS, the leaves are still mainly on the trees.)

    Autumn Ball: Cattails come untucked / the pond hosts shadow dances / wind-strewn leaves gossip.

  2. i'm a little late to the game, and too addled to write my own, but i wanted to just drop in and thank you for these. i always appreciate a good haiku. love the word play and humor.

  3. I write poetry and once and a while it is actually something that I actually like with a nice whimsical quality and a good rhythm to boot. But I can't count syllables and create anything half decent. I like to appreciate the work of others who share that gift. 🙂


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