Sunday, January 20, 2019


"The secret of happiness is low expectations." 
in Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver. Chapter 17


Today I allow myself to say
it's too cold to go outside.

Instead, I watch the sky
through my window,

imagine the knife blade breeze
that stirs winter-bare branches,

and lie like a cat with the patch of sun
moving slowly across me; time measured in warmth.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018



hark back 
(@MerriamWebster word of the day today) 
flip through old calendar 
new blank replacement 

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

New Year's Eve rain 
desperate refugee is trapped 
mouse in the attic 

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

gusty wind 
unraked leaves switch yards 

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018


sooner or later you pay 
in this 

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


past meets present
decorations on the tree
time flows two ways

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

School Work

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Christmas Day school work
piles sorted, dross recycled
enough for today

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Monday, December 24, 2018

Full Moon

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full moon
not a star, not in the east
still glorious

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

You will find me

today you will find
notebook, pencil, Christmas tree
cup of tea and me

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

In her Solstice post, Amy LV invited readers to borrow the line, "You will find me." So I did.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Shut Off My Internal Alarm Clock, Please

why can't I sleep in
longest night of the year
cats have all the fun

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018


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how can Earth orbit
when all revolves around me

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Cutting Snowflakes

I can't believe I took pictures of the mess...but not the finished flakes!

folding thirds is hard
but opening the snowflake
reveals magic

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


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pruney fingers
almost ready for Solstice guests
school work waits again

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

I'm Already Late So I Might As Well Sing!

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train blocks the crossing
Christmas carol sing along
merry and bright

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


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avocado toast
(practice mindfulness)
four days until winter break
(sipping my hot tea)
new student today

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

And for the other side of the story, this beautiful response haiku by Amy LV:

Honey Nut Cheerios
 (a little scared) 
four days until winter break 
(drinking orange juice) 
will my new teacher be kind?

©Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

Last Luminaria

six a.m.
the last luminaria
shines bravely on

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Holiday Decorating

big job needs supervision
until - yawn - nap time

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

lights and ornaments
evergreen visitor holds
childhood memories

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Visit From Poets!

My class was lucky enough today to visit with Irene Latham and Charles Waters via Zoom! What a generous gift of time for Irene and Charles to answer the students' questions.

Here are two found #haikuforhope from their talk:

nothing will change if
we shut our mouths and refuse
to talk about race

(Irene's words)

is telling
the truth

(Charles' words)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Winter Swim

so steamy the ceiling drips
gratitude practice

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018


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every small action
of resistance and hope

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018


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sweet and juicy
just a bit gritty
red winter pear

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018


earth spins
earth orbits
time flies

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday Open House

noisy crowd in back
a cappella choir up front 
harmony wins

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

(I know it's a bell choir and not the a cappella choir, but I got a picture of the one,
 but not the other.)

Sunday, December 2, 2018


the well is never empty
fling your bucket in

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Rain

via Unspalsh

Welcome, December
windshield wipers slap-a-slap
steam rises from tea

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Autumn Cadenza

Unsplash photo by NordWood Themes

Autumn Cadenza

Oak leaves drift down, a brown rustle.
Crickets are hushed.
Only sound --
plop --
acorns bonk roof.
Winter is here
when they

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2018

This poem is a Zeno, a form invented by J. Patrick Lewis. It has 10 lines with a syllable count that goes 8, 4, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1, 4, 2, 1. The single syllable words rhyme.