That second line just made me go crazy! Lovely use of "fondling" and how you show depth and care here. "Winter's tongue" is creative in itself and stimulates a lot of neat thoughts that give of beautiful pictures for the mind.
Haha, you know I thought I was really good at writing nature poems but you seem to have put me to shame with this splendid piece. Every single word was chosen carefully and the way you played with the words to make them paint a really solid image in my head. This poem is exactly what we should be seeing in Haiku's. :]
In all, you painted a really beautiful picture with your words and I love the Haiku form and you have done it so well and to a point that I think you have reached perfection in this poem. Stunning! Great job and keep writing.
I remember reading this in the contest and thought it was creative. A lot of the poems were written the same and this one creative in the way it captured the picture in a different perspective. I found the imagery created to be quite stunning, I always love a good haiku and this was one that caught my attention.