Welcome to Day Nine of the 12 Days of Solstice Poetry Challenge 2021

Winter is a truly transformational time, the season when lakes and creeks ice over and become places where you can walk, fish, skate, or play rousing games of hockey. It feels surreal to walk where you normally can’t in warmer times. And it can feel even more surreal to see quickly running waters that don’t give in to winter’s icy demands.

My friend Cheryl Racanelli is back today with a haiku she was inspired to write after experiencing a snowy brook near her home. Cheryl was kind enough to send me a photo of that brook, which I’ve used for today’s image. 

Your prompt for today is: SNOWY BROOK. And here is Cheryl’s haiku….


boulders in the brook
capped with last night’s snow—
a village of gnomes

–Cheryl Racanelli


In case you missed information about Cheryl earlier, here’s a bit more about her. Cheryl Racanelli is the author of 59 Prayers, a volume of poetry that explores the spiritual possibilities in the events of an ordinary life. She loves sharing her passion for poetry writing, and offers workshops online and at other interesting locations to which she’s been invited. She also teaches her signature Poetry Jar program for children in school settings. Cheryl has been writing professionally in various capacities for over 25 years. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Cheryl loves to surround herself with trees and brooks. She plays the guitar when she thinks of it. Cheryl is currently at work on her next book. You can find out more at cherylracanelli.com.


If you’d like to share what you’ve written in response to today’s prompt, please feel free to add your poem as a comment–here or on my Facebook page where this prompt will also be posted.

Enjoy this blessed day, and I’ll see you on Day Ten!







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