Bird-Bath Razzle

  In the stone bowl of the bird-bath rainwater reflections razzle, copper leaves still jiggling in the beech tree dazzle, backlit by sharp autumn sun. On the edge of the bowl, a robin puffs up his scarlet breast, competing with burnished berries lighting up the hedge, portents of cold weather, while other birds flock together, […]


Through windows,  I’ve watched the changing season, The persistent shift of shapes and colours, Until I’m enticed into the garden, Where I’m ambushed by rampageous brambles, And underfoot soil sinks as I amble. The tree stump by the gate slowly decays, Colonised by fungi, ants and beetles; Overhanging birches obstruct my way Through a forest […]

The Art of Nothing

ink fluidity brush strokes blackness of nothing Zen calligraphy © Kim M. Russell, 2016 Image found on My response to Carpe Diem #1071 brush (zen-calligraphy) Today Chèvrefeuille has presented us with a prompt inspired by the tool that is used the most by the so-called Zen Calligrapher, the brush. The art of calligraphy is an ancient way […]