Seasonal Perspectives of a Corkscrew Willow

1 Winter willows throw dramatic and distorted geometric shapes. 2 Naked trunks rise cracking from brittle grass, shedding frost and ice. 3 Intricate lace of charcoal branches is pinned to pale winter skies. 4 Lemon catkins, wriggling with new growth and warmth, anticipate spring. 5 Tousled corkscrews are teased into a tangle, wind-willowed. 6 Leaves […]

In Honour of the Moon

The sky is shattered glass in dead of night, Crackling and pulsating with splintered light; A mass of constellations burning bright And scintillating in shimmering white, In honour of the moon, Earth’s satellite.   © Kim M. Russell, 2016 My response to Jane Dougherty Writes Poetry challenge #50: Fifty For the fiftieth challenge, Jane has given us […]

Canal Reflections

Firefly reflections splash Inky canal water, Citric paint rinsed From the badger brush Of a Dutch master. Against the interplay Of twilight and shadow, Charcoal scratches Of lacy willow Veil a violet sky. Framed by a coal-black arch Like the lens Of the tow-path walker’s eye, A masterpiece unfolds Beyond the damp echoes Of the […]

After Reading Ozymandias

After reading Shelley’s ‘Ozymandias’ in bed, My lashes fluttered, eyelids closed, So I lay down my weary head. In vivid dreams the poet took me by the hand: I was the traveller in an antique land. He led me across the expansive desert, showed me In a distant place two vast and trunkless legs of […]

Lady of the Camellias

pink camellia among muted  browns and greens a flounce of petals © Kim M. Russell, 2016 My response to Carpe Diem #1068 camellia Today’s prompt is camellia and we have a series of haiku from “A Dictionary of Haiku” by Jane Reichhold for inspiration: a camellia floating in our conversation unspoken thoughts curved petals from the camellia-scented candle […]