Friday, December 27, 2013

A Haiku Sequence for New Year’s Morning 2014--By John Daleiden--United States

A Haiku Sequence for New Year’s Morning 2014

pine decorations—
tearing off the final
calendar pages . . .

New Year’s morning—
drinking tomato juice
from a tall glass

first sunrise
over Estrella mountains
Year of the Horse

at breakfast
scrambled eggs and black beans—
cinnamon roll scents

up in smoke—
New Year’s decorations

John Daleiden is retired from 43 years of teaching Language Arts in Iowa Public Schools. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He currently serves on the Editorial Board and Submissions Manager of Four Chambers: The Heart of Literature in Phoenix, Arizona  ( From 2006-2012, he was an editor and webmaster of Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms (


  1. Nice sequence, John. I'm impressed with your credentials as well. Continued blessings on your writing endeavors.

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  2. John I really enjoyed the read. Thank you for sharing.

  3. John -

    What a lovely first morning in your sequence. I especially liked the tearing of the pages.
    Welcome to Whispers.


  4. John you still have that excellent touch for short verse.A Blessed 2014 to you and your family.

  5. Welcome to Whispers John! So good to see that people are enjoying your haiku as I did. It's so good to have you a part of the site. I've missed reading your wonderful poetry. Happy New Year my friend!


  6. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following comment--

    I am impressed by the down to earth realism of your Haiku sequence John. My kind of Haiku and Written so well. Welcome to Whispers John. Got to get another tall glass of tomato juice now. :)

    Bob D