Snowman Haiku


Two boys and first snow gave life

To their own Frosty.

11-26 Snowman1

Sunlight chased away

Traces of white; Snowman left

Melted, disfigured.

11-26 Snowman2


My kids got their wish – we got a light dusting of snow over the weekend.  They scraped up what they could and made a small snowman.  It wasn’t nearly enough snow for play, so one afternoon we drove to higher elevation so they could really get into it.  (Actually, we made the drive so I could get family pictures to send out with our Christmas cards… the promise of play was our sneaky way to get them to go quietly :))

We managed to get some fairly decent pictures, thanks to a tripod and figuring out the timer on the camera.  So, as promised, the kids got to romp in the snow.  Even soaked and frozen, they still balked at leaving.  Their playtime meant photo taking time for me, and I think I ended up with some nice shots.  Eventually, they’ll get posted here.

11-26 Snow Play

Even though their snowman was in a sad state two days later, they aren’t dwelling on that.  Their minds are already focused on when the next snowstorm might arrive.  All they’ve ever known is desert, so I’m loving how excited they are by snow.  More childhood wonder to make this old lady not feel quite so old.  They are a gift, for sure!


34 thoughts on “Snowman Haiku

  1. Anja November 26, 2013 / 4:37 AM

    🙂 That is too cute….we really never get snow. I am wondering if this winter we might.

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:23 PM

      Snow is even more magical when it’s a novelty, Anja. In the twenty five years I lived in Phoenix, I remember it snowing in the valley twice. In the northern sections, it stuck a little bit and the news showed pics of Saguaro cactus dusted with snow. So incongruous, and so neat!

      • Anja November 27, 2013 / 4:44 AM

        We once had 5 inches of snow on the island and everyone was out enjoying it. I still wonder if the magic will come back with this colder than normal fall/winter. I hope so. 🙂

        • jannatwrites November 28, 2013 / 1:37 PM

          Five inches is a fair amount. Hope you do get some this year, Anja!

  2. Lance November 26, 2013 / 5:02 AM

    great pictures and you captured the innocence and essence of it all

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:24 PM

      Thanks, Lance. I appreciate you stopping by!

  3. Kathy Combs (@Kathy29156) November 26, 2013 / 6:35 AM

    We got a dusting and that is about it. The kids were hoping for more. Instead of a snowman my kids were out there trying to blow bubbles to see if they would freeze. LOL

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:25 PM

      That sounds like fun, too! It’s so fun to watch kids with snowy weather. thanks for stopping by, Kathy!

  4. Catherine Johnson November 26, 2013 / 7:30 AM


  5. Debbie November 26, 2013 / 9:02 AM

    Nothing like a dusting of snow to bring out the kid in all of us, Janna! Glad you killed two birds with one stone, the Christmas pictures AND the frolicking in snow!

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:27 PM

      It was still snowing when we got to the picture spot, but luckily it lightened up. Clouds were rolling in, so I think we managed to get there between storms. The snow day was fun, Debbie!

  6. nrhatch November 26, 2013 / 9:06 AM

    This post (almost) makes me want to go out in play in the snow.

    The winter we lived on Chincoteague Island in Virginia, the snowfall was LESS than it had been in New Jersey over the previous 8 years. So we made mini-snowmen . . . just like Janna’s guys!

    Love the haiku too.

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:30 PM

      Almost, huh? 🙂 The kids kept coming inside to warm up and we had spiced tea together before they headed back out. I spent some time just looking out the window as the flakes fell to the ground. Reminds me of the excitement I felt as kid when it snowed.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your comment, Nancy 🙂

  7. Eli Pacheco November 26, 2013 / 1:15 PM

    If there’s an age a boy reaches when he no longer longs for snow days, it’s not before 42. I hope it’s not before 52 or 62, either. Awesome day – all it takes is a dusting.

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:31 PM

      There’s something about snow, whether it’s half an inch or twelve. I actually like snow days, too (as long as I don’t have to drive on ice…I don’t like that!) Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, Eli!

      • Eli Pacheco November 27, 2013 / 7:28 AM

        If there’s even a hint of snow, I make sure we have all the elements for a batch of chocolate-chip pancakes.

        • jannatwrites November 28, 2013 / 1:38 PM

          Now that sounds yummy, Eli!

  8. Glynis November 26, 2013 / 4:05 PM

    I remember those times, having to be dragged in cold, wet and slightly ice bitten, such fun!
    Get pictures and poem!

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:32 PM

      Thanks, Glynis! I loved playing in the snow, too, even though it did get pretty cold.

  9. Diane Turner November 26, 2013 / 7:35 PM

    Love the snow, says the girl who lives near the beach in California…sigh.
    Your words fit the excellent photos perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:35 PM

      Thanks for reading, Diane! I think snow is more magical when you don’t see it often (and when there’s not so much of it that it becomes cumbersome.)

  10. ImeldaImelda November 26, 2013 / 9:48 PM

    By all accounts, that is a pretty snowman you have there. 🙂 It looks like your kids had a lot of fun making Frosty. Next snow, they can make snow tunnels.
    And speaking of snow, I don’t know whether I’ll be happy or not that we have not had real snow yet. We only had some heavy frosting a week or so ago.

    • jannatwrites November 26, 2013 / 10:36 PM

      Oh, the kids had a blast, Imelda! I don’t know if we’ll ever get enough for them to tunnel, but we might be close enough to drive them somewhere that does 🙂

  11. Eric Alagan November 27, 2013 / 4:22 AM

    Always lovely to catch them at play – so free, so innocent – memories to harbour 🙂

    • jannatwrites November 28, 2013 / 1:37 PM

      Yes, it was enjoyable (to watch from the window while staying warm and cozy inside :)) Thanks for stopping by, Eric!

  12. Widdershins November 27, 2013 / 3:44 PM

    The Spirit of Frosty the Snowman is eternal!

  13. pattisj November 29, 2013 / 10:13 PM

    The kid in each of us gets a little excited over snow. Loved the snowman, it did go away quickly, but I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of their snow creations this year.

    • jannatwrites November 30, 2013 / 7:37 PM

      I think you might be right, Patti! If there is any snow to be had, they will make more men 🙂

  14. pattyabr December 1, 2013 / 6:04 PM

    I love the snowman and his very long arms and the huge smile. Great!

    • jannatwrites December 1, 2013 / 8:14 PM

      I’m glad you liked their snowman, Patty. They have us doing lots of decorating (that’s what I did most of the day today :))

  15. Robin Leigh Morgan June 30, 2014 / 6:46 PM

    I love your pictures here. Snowman Snowman Snowman. That’s all you hear. So this time my Haiku response is actual a protest to this picture.

    Snowman Haiku

    Always a snowman
    Girls complain there’s none for us.
    Snowlady instead

    !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • jannatwrites June 30, 2014 / 10:33 PM

      Cute haiku, Robin! (I bet the neighbors would look twice if my sons made shapely snow ladies 🙂 )

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