a rainbow halo around the bright moon tonight— somewhere, a dog barks neighbors’ Christmas lights . . . Orion reclines as he rises in the east cold, dark December— is that a jet way up high or the space station? power lines ripped down by high winds before the storm— first day of winter eleven below— the two chickens have to sleep in the humans’ house silence at midnight . . . six inches of heavy snow weighs down the tree’s boughs ------------- bio/graf J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poems have appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of ten chapbooks and e-books of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). Nelson’s first full-length collection is in ghostly onehead, published by Post-Asemic Press in December 2022. Visit MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. His haiku blog is at JDNelson.net. Nelson lives in Colorado, USA.