Frozen #midnighthaiku

Force stopped in its tracks
Frozen moment magnified
Beauty’s mastery

It is not the weather to be outside messing around with water, but the Siberian temperatures are playing havoc with the pond. I have been managing to keep the surface fairly clear of ice for the fish, but all was not well when I arrived at my son’s home.

The water level had dropped dramatically and the pond needed to be topped up urgently. It is pretty much heron-proof as a rule, but when the levels drop too far, the big birds can land and fish from the slope we created to allow accident-prone animals and birds to get out if they fell in the water.

Unfortunately, the fifty foot length of hosepipe was also frozen solid and had no chance of thawing. I would have dragged the hose into the sun and taken a chance, until I noticed the large, object at the far end of the deck shimmering brilliant orange-gold.

The poor fish was already frozen completely solid. It wasn’t the heron… you can tell where their beaks have been and anyway, he would not have left such a good breakfast. The only thing I know of that would have done so is a well-fed cat… and one of my son’s cats is a huntress known for watching the fish and trying to catch them. We think that where the herons had failed, Boots had succeeded.

While they are alive and moving, she will play with any creature that she catches, ignoring them as soon as they are dead. The poor fish had barely a mark on him, but he had to have been fished out and carriedย  a fair distance to get to where I found him.

Unwilling to put any more fish at risk, I wrestled the frozen hosepipe into the shower… not an easy task. Draping the fittings in the basin full of warm water, feeding the hose through a bucket of hot water and running the shower on everything else, I managed to get the thing thawed, reconnected and set the pond to filling.

The ‘full-body ice-pack’, as my son put it, didn’t help much, though. The spine I had just begun to be able to move after a week of painful immobility, is now back to square one. But at least the fish are safe again. Checking the waterfall at the head of the articfical stream that runs across the garden, I found where at least some of the missingย  water was going…

As the water splashes and falls, it was freezing instantly, making icicles, sculpting fantastic shapes and encasing whole plants and tiny fronds of moss in pure crystal. It was worth feeling like an ice cube just to see so much otherworldly beauty in miniature.

Haiku for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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53 Responses to Frozen #midnighthaiku

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Great Haiku, naughty boots, hosepipe fun, not! I do hope your back improves soon!

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  2. Deb Whittam says:

    That is pretty amazing – I’ve never seen a pond freeze like that

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  3. memadtwo says:

    It’s definitely beautiful, but what an ordeal. You are good to your family, both animal and human. (K)

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Disaster strikes, poor fish and naughty Boots. And your back, not again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Take it easy, my friend.

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  5. Oh no! I love the Haiku but feel bad for you and fish. To top it off, your photos were beautiful. Glad you rescued the fish. โค Hugs, Sue. Hope your back feels better soon.

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  6. Suzanne says:

    What a fascinating glimpse into life in a climate I have rarely experienced. Your photos are stunning.

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  7. Ritu says:

    Oh my Sue!!!


  8. jenanita01 says:

    Sympathies with the back, Sue. This cold weather is playing havoc with mine too, using a lot of the pain relief gel, which seems to help!


  9. Jennie says:

    Heart really can get in the way of nature.


  10. dgkaye says:

    You’re a superhero Sue! What an ordeal, yet the photos look harmlessly beautiful. Give that back a rest! โค


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