Haiku

1. My First Blog Haiku

my first blog written,
no echo, no reflection,
waiting in silence


2. Insomnia Haiku

clock hands crawl tick creep
first light steals in through window
nights deprived of sleep


3. Rejection Haiku

a shadow stamped on
the spark of my creative
soul – it did not die


4. Haiku to my Cats

jewel-eyed felines,
haughty stalkers, yowl and purr,
gently knead my heart


5. Haiku to Old Friends

despite decades and
miles between us, yesterday
is still our today


6. Schizo Writer Haiku

I split into three:
observer, critic and scribe
talk among themselves


7. Descriptive Writing Haiku

capturing senses
bound by imagination
freeing sights and sounds


8. Bounce and Rhyme Haiku

inquisitive eyes
ears that pick up everything
acquiring new words


9. Monday Morning Haiku

soundtrack of birdsong
pink blossom still falls like snow
week full of promise


10. Sunday Haiku

cat sits on the bin,
lazily stretches and yawns,
soaking up the sun


11. Found WW2 Haiku

unconditional
surrender of armed forces
our future was saved


12. Windy Saturday Haiku

strong currents of air
scattering pink confetti
a late spring wedding


13. Haiku for Mum

although you’re fading,
your smile is familiar –
just your words are lost


14. Morning Haiku

dawn’s grey penumbrae
shattered by luminous rays
lifted like a veil


15. Wednesday Haiku

middle of the week
mercurial Woden’s day
the weekend is near


16. Blossom Haiku

tree in the garden
covered in pink candy floss
spun by spring breezes


17. May Haiku

weeping May raindrops
the willow in the garden
Is strangled by weeds


18. Fountain Haiku

for a split second
lucent droplets are captured
in frozen splendour


19. Childhood Haiku

innocent pleasure
circles on a tricycle
you were the axis


20. Cherubs in a Pond

orbiting in space
Gemini lit in marble
two moons face to face


21. Winding Stairs Haiku

time worn and sculpted,
smoothed by endless soles of feet,
cool in summer’s heat


22. Stone Faced Haiku

sculpted and sombre
woeful physiognomy
ghost grey effigy


23. Sunrise Haiku

Inspired by the Emily Dickinson quote: ‘I’ll tell you how the sun rose, a ribbon at a time’

once as the sun rose
I tried to tie its ribbons
into knots and bows


24. Bay Tree Haiku

burnished foliage
aromatic evergreen
laurel in the crown


25. Daily Life Haiku

everyone has to
hang their washing on a line
wherever they live


26. Mouse Hunt Haiku

cat in the garden
strolls paw-deep in morning dew
springs into action


27. Poetic Ghosts

words become poems –
ephemeral ghosts as soon
as they are spoken


28. Dysfunctional Family

artifice and lies
tangled in family ties
words are out of place


29. Gloomy Monday

there is no birdsong
mornings are dark, damp and cold
gloomy days ahead


30. Secret Photographer

zooming in on prey
captures with a camera
souls of innocents


31. Wheelbarrow

rusty wheelbarrow
used to carry heavy loads
is now filled with tears


32. Purple Heather

fragrant purple haze
an expanse of heather heath
humming with bee song


33. City Sounds 

clamorous jangling
of city jazz jars senses
clarion horns blare


34. Pumpkin

a warm-weather fruit
rainbow of colours and shapes
Halloween lantern


35. Wild Fruits

wild fruits burn scarlet
against defiant and green
lush leafy richness


36. Yin and Yang

philosophical
dynamic balancing cat
unites black and white


37. Papaya 

musky papaya
smooth-skinned fruit of the tropics
colour of sunrise


38. Last Night

last night I watched as
frayed threads of the horizon
unravelled in dusk


39. Corn Husk Doll

from native folklore
faceless product of harvest
spirit of the corn


40. Garden Gate

blemished and broken
gateway to a green garden
and wildlife haven


41. Autumn Crocus

awaited in spring
clandestine autumn crocus
October’s surprise


42. After the Rain

the rain has finished
anointing leaves with a sheen
of turbulent green


43. Swan

A sculpture of ice
Reflected in the water?
No, a graceful swan.


44. Imagination

princes become frogs
animals act like humans
shadows are demons


45. Train Ride

a rhythmic heartbeat
departure and arrival
scenery between


46. Arabesque

counter-balanced poise
of technical perfection
welds body and soul


47. Harvest Fire

naked fields are parched
stubble burns with crackling flames
the charred field quivers


48. Horizon Haiku

drama in the sky
clouds and silhouettes in a
Norfolk horizon


49. Moonshadow Haiku

in the moon’s embrace
of shadows, orchids orbit
an unearthly space


50. Cows on a Foggy Morning

cows stand as frozen
breath taken by the splendour
of sun-shattered fog


51. Ladybird Haiku

rubicund jewel
seven spotted ladybird
flying away home


52. Masks 

Venetian disguise
array of gaudy treasures –
who will be revealed?


53. Winter Haiku

scarves and hats appear
winter is round the corner
snowball in his hand


54. Leaning

above ancient bones
embraced by soil, roots and worms
sold stones are leaning


55. Midweek Haiku

Wednesday wanders in
neither beginning nor end
a mid-week crisis


56. Norfolk Reeds

russet Norfolk reeds
whisper windy sibilants
quietly rusting


57. Fragility

bell-shaped curve of glass
disperses luminescence
light’s fragility


58. Root

wizened, tangled root
life leached away by ivy
a vampiric embrace


59. Morning Star and Moon

early morning star
orbiting a crescent moon
silver seduction


60. Vapour Trail

vapour trail ribbon
across the sky tying up
late afternoon clouds


61. Winter Blossom

delicate blossom
pale snowflakes on sparse branches
a winter surprise


62. Rusty Barn

rusty vacant barn
swathed with ivy and bracken
in nature’s embrace


63. Winter Boats

behind bare branches
all the boats are safely moored
winter has arrived


64. Winter Willow Wept

winter willow wept
shedding golden leafy tears
not a sound was heard


65. Snowflake Tears

snowflakes on eyelash
crystals descended from clouds
become tracks of tears


66. Coyote

little prairie wolf
gregarious and vocal
wily and feral


67. Overgrown Garden

through tangled branches
of an overgrown garden
patch of sky breaks through


68. Flock of Gulls

turning on a wing
gulls dip to water’s surface
flocking in sea foam


69. Christmas Haiku

bright Christmas market
drenched with scent of cinnamon
cracking nuts with love


70. Lonely Words

watery words weep
steeped in hours of lonely thoughts
talking to myself


71. Narrowing Focus

crowded winter copse
lattice of leafless branches
one sturdy trunk


72. Night Sounds

sizzling of white noise
and gentle groans of the house –
there is no silence


73. Snow on Snow

page of snow below
awaiting words traced by birds
shadow picture book

against a clear sky
naked winter trees dressed with
clouds of snow blossom


74. Writing Haiku

old words and ideas
in a long established style
written with fresh ink


75. Great Cold

every blade of grass
silver white with morning frost
bows to the great cold


76. Evensong

a trill in twilight
nocturnal robin’s final
song before nightfall


77. Flying

upside down playground
trees turn to sky turn to ground
flying on a swing


78. Dawn’s Shipwreck

drifting in slumber
Morpheus pulls me under
diving into dreams

surfacing from deep
altered consciousness of sleep
rising sun stirs me

.lifting languid lids
broken shards of sleep amid
dawn’s shipwreck of sheets


79. Embers

embers in the grate
gems of fire that flare and flame
one last time and die


80. Courtesan

gift-wrapped courtesan
gorgeous ikebana bloom
inscrutable face

world of the teahouse
floating on tides of pleasure
artifice and art


81. Dawn

ribbons of colour
criss-cross dawn’s rosy heaven
sun bursts into day


82. Love and Hope

in the wild garden
innocent snowdrops embrace
a wizened plum tree

a wizened plum tree
raises blossomless branches
snowdrops at its roots

snowdrops at its roots
give the ancient plum tree love
hope for spring blossom


83. Celestial Kiss

the sun meets the moon
as it rises each morning
and gently explodes


84. Banishing the Frost

early morning frost
embellishing blades of grass
melted by the sun

melted by the sun
artifice of winter fades
silver turns to green

silver turns to green
grey branches dappled with buds
spring is in the air


85. Valentine Compass

compass of my heart
points me in your direction
no signposts required


86. A Kiss from Heaven

in muddy puddles
every crystalline raindrop
a kiss from heaven


87. Opening Curtains

 opening curtains
after a long dark winter
sunny day bursts in


88. Compassion

in a single bowl
there are many grains of rice
share with compassion


89. Snowdrop’s Chill

white waxen petals
droop with weight of morning frost
forefinger tingles


90. Unexpected Frost

unexpected frost
spider’s web gilt with silver
each dew drop a pearl


91. A Gentle Reminder

pale slice of silver
modest moon in light of day
resplendent at night


92. Silence

silence lies between
rhythm, chords and melody
blue of disquiet


93. Dragonfly Dance

electric blue flash
shimmer of dragonfly dance
in summer garden


94. Cascading Moonlight

My first attempt at a cascading haiku 

purest silver light
cascades into darkest night
heaven’s lantern

heaven’s lantern
constant but drawn by the tide
fades into black

fades into black
from a smiling face
to a winking eye


95. Blowing Dandelions

chattering children
blow on dandelion clocks
seeds drift on the wind


96. Quietude

silent azure sky
kisses the water gently
quiet ripples spread


97. Releasing Stardust

branches of tall trees
tear holes in night’s canopy
releasing stardust


98. Rainbows in the Mud

downpour of water
bouncing in puddles creates
rainbows in the mud


99.  Onion Tears

below parchment skin
silvery rings of onion
bitter tears within


100. Glorious Morning

early rays of sun
unravel grey morning mist
frost begins to thaw

early rays of sun
outline shadows with silver
dew drips from branches

early rays of sun
trace peaceful looping river
heron dips its head


101. Paradox

man-made piano
ebony and ivory
music of nature


102. Punning Haiku

distant thunder claps
flash of lightning in the sky
heavenly applause


103. Motley Nature

nature embroiders
new colours in the landscape
motley tapestry


104. Blood Orange Sky

stain of blood orange
seeps across the evening sky
dripping juiciness


105. Crying Wolf

howling at the moon
in silver desperation
lonely crying wolf


106. Mother Tongue

native mother tongue
umbilical cord of words
poet’s soul-anchor


 107. Spawning Spring

thick clouds of frogspawn
quicken the pond with new life
swollen bullfrog croaks


108. The Pagoda at Kew Gardens

distant London bus
amongst trees, shrubs and flowers
peaceful pagoda


109. Pomegranate

sharp blade splits smooth skin
fingers stained by fruity blood
spilling red jewels


110. Ferocious Love

a burst of orange
marked by stripes of black
protective mother

a burst of orange
baring teeth as sharp as knives
ready to attack

marked by stripes of black
stalks sun-dappled forest track
on dangerous paws

protective mother
tumbling with her playful cubs
a ferocious love


111. Persimmon

with the weight of stones
divine fruit falls from the tree
tastes light as cloud


112. Breath of Spring

golden shadows strewn
across the heath and roadside
exhaling gorse scent


113. Crack of Spring

at the crack of spring
a brief shower of flowers
playing in the breeze


114. Green Cabbage

the humble cabbage
has many leafy layers
and a tender heart


115. Primroses

generous flowers
of sturdy simple yellow
growing gently

in a hedge’s shade
dancing in fields and meadows
shy in flowerbeds


116. Magnificent Magnolia

buds like rabbits’ tails
silky casings split and fall
littering the grass

reveal spring-time crush
of magnificent flowers
with their creamy blush


117. Admirable Act

sharpening pencil
by the light of a candle
a haiku blossoms


118. Blue Freedom

against perfect sky
white sails accentuate blue
freedom of the sea


119. Hidden Object

morning sun creeps in
between slats in the shutters
igniting dust motes


120. Moody Blue

saturated sky
seeping into inner space
beyond indigo


121. Early Midges

by reed-fringed water
early season midges dance
in sun’s reflections


122. Friend and Shiver

in heated moments
the cool hand of a true friend
can make you shiver

 


123. Sky-borne

Skyborne


127. Dawn Chorus

navy night silence
rippled by drips of birdsong
greeting a new day


128. Birth of a Haiku

Birth of a Haiku


129. Spring Promise

A Spring Morning

130. Dawn (de) light

Dawn delight

131. Finding the Divine

entrance and exit
incorporated in one
an open gateway


132. Cloudscape

Cloudscape

133. Dogged Night

dark night dogs bright day
scintillating stars and moon
silvered by the sun


134. Silver Trail of Morning

 Silver Trail of Morning haiga

135. Crazy Cat Lady

purr, fur and whiskers
and unconditional love
crazy cat lady


136. Magnolia Blossom

shy garden geisha
pink flush against creamy skin
magnolia blooms


137. Muddy Road

Muddy Road


138. Yielding to Plum Blossom

expectant snowdrops
at the feet of the plum tree
yield to new blossoms


139. Savannah Clouds

wind shifts at midday
clouds above the savannah
squeeze first drops of rain


140. Flaming into Autumn

ancient gingko tree
cooling green fans of summer
flame into autumn


141. Final Moments

dark handfuls of earth
final moments like kisses
melt into mourning


142. Sweetness of Nature

honeysuckle blooms
warbling birds and humming bees
partake of sweetness


143. Rising Lotus Flower

a lotus flower
rises from a murky pond
opens clean and pure


144. Slaking the Thirst

Slaking the Thirst


145. Angles in Tangles

there are triangles
in the bare branches of trees
angles in tangles

sharpness smoothed by light
traces ghostly foliage
smoothing the edges


146. Master Fisher


147. Wheelbarrow of Dreams

in a spring garden
wheelbarrow fills with flowers
fragrant silver dreams


148. Praying for Rain

Praying for rain


149. Common Terns

Common Tern


150. Demise of Spring

petals once burnished
are now tattered and tarnished
wrinkled old ladies


151. Karumi

Karumi


1532. Raking Spring Away

Raking Spring Away Haiga


153. The show is over

each cherry petal
enfolded in a raindrop
the show is over


154. Echoes of an Autumn Walk

walking in the woods,
nature always finds a way:
echoes of autumn


155. Lotus Petals

with each breath the soul
floats with the lotus flower
caressing petals


156. Spring Fades

hanging out towels
on the washing line -spring fades
with drifting blossom


157. Ghosts and Apple Blossom

ancient apple blooms
fleeting poems on the breeze
speak wisdom of trees


158. A Poet’s Hope

children of the stars
living on Earth, poets hope
for an astral muse


159. Preparation

left hand and right hand
touch fingertips in a kiss
for meditation


160. Tuscan Lights

Chiusdino’s lights:
a twinkling constellation
in the evening glow


161. King of the Norfolk Broads

kingfisher flickers
blue above wind-kissed water
wavelets in its wake


162. Cats and Willow

curly willow tree
shadow haunt of feline fun
tangles leaves and love


163. My Mother’s Hands

words limp on the page
twisted rheumatic letters
typed by mother’s hands


164.  Sunshine and Shadow

voluptuous heights
sweep down to gorge, lake and sea
sunshine and shadow


165. Sparking the Imagination

synapses are sparked
by colourful creation
imagination


166. Heaven Scent

spring honeysuckle
dots of colour in the green
seducing bees

bright summer blooms
cascading down the trellis
fragrant in late sun


167. Sweet Seclusion

nature enraptures
with pathless woods, lonely shores
and sweet seclusion


168. Rising with Bubbles

do not be afraid
to dive into the water:
rise with the bubbles


169. Birches by Moonlight

silvered by its glow
ghostly birches bare branches
and bark to the moon


170.  Mango

juicy and fleshy,
the colour of a sunset,
my mango romance


171. Summer Sorrow

magpie in the tree:
sorrow of the weeping willow
pours in summer rain


172.  From White to Red

pungent lacy blooms
thorn-pinned to springtime hedgerow
bleed haws in autumn


173. Mandarin Yin and Yang

faithful yin and yang –
below the peaceful surface
swift webbed feet paddle


174. Hazel Wand

 I sit by a stream
carve runes on a hazel wand
watch husks in water


175. A Quiet Moment

shallow stone birdbath –
a dusty robin splashes
in sun’s reflection


176. Apple

cascades of blossom:
promises of autumn fruit’s
cider-scented flesh


177. Bishy Barney Bee (Norfolk Dialect)

the first of the year
glinting ruby on the path
ladybird came home


178. Intertwined

curly willow weeps
in the stranglehold of ivy
relinquished to love


179. Reed Rhapsody

in windy marshes,
home to wildfowl and waders,
the reeds are singing


180. Two Haiku Inspired by Kerouac

my shoes leave imprints
on the kitchen floor, tracking
joy of summer rain

glow worms in the night,
minuscule constellations,
otherworldly light


181. Hai-Kerouac

density of city smog
obfuscates
night-time extravaganza

pink and yellow
summer honeysuckle – sweet
scented lollipops!


182. Butterfly Ascension

woken by the sun,
from the safety of cocoons
butterflies ascend


183. Blackthorn Duet

home to nesting birds
butterflies and bumblebees,
witchy blackthorn trees

after sweet spring lace
and summer’s leaves, a sloe gin
gives warmth to autumn


184. Asymmetry

the tallest willow
throws its wide shadow on one
side of the garden


185. Prism

in a glass prism
rainbow rays reflect, disperse
and bend to white light


186. Elder Magic

build fire with elder,
through its hollow stems breathe air
for the devil to appear

to keep him at bay,
live under the umbrella
of potent elderflower


187. Lotus Flames

seven rays converge
in the flames of the lotus –
spiritual growth


188. Evergreen Giants

evergreen giants
exude essence of forest –
distant shadows


189. Rose of the Heart

rose of the heart
unfurls sweet-scented petals –
divine love ascends


190. Gorse and Kisses

on a late spring walk
heathland is ablaze with gorse
and lovers’ kisses


191. Infinite Octave

white intensity
explodes into a rainbow
infinite octave


192. Rain Chimes

rain bounces off bells
of the silent church towers
ghosts chiming the hour


193. Arctic Escape

Sirius rising,
short of breath and perspiring:
Arctic summer calls


194. Avenue of Poplars

whispering poplars
flank the autumn avenue –
wayfarers listen


195. Golden Scarab

sacred sun scarab
secret of the golden flower
in hard carapace


196. Impression of the Sea

surf deposits crystals
glinting on brackish seaweed –
breath of the ocean


197. Ogham

sign language from trees
dark secrets and mysteries
carved on bones and stones


198. A Druid’s Path

mystical wisdom
flows in sap of branch and leaf
on the path of life


199. Fairy Paths

fairy enchantment
magic gossamer weaving
paths in the forest


200. Soul Music

life’s harmonic chords
bind happy thoughts, words and deeds:
music of the soul


201. Dandelion Sunshine

a dandelion
has freedom to take sunshine
wherever it grows


202. Of Slugs and Snails

slugs leave slimy clues,
silver trails and fennel breath,
to snail-studded stalks


203. Melodious Love Affair

bold fingers caress:
melodious love affair
of keyboard and strings


204. Reflections

nature’s reflections
in the stillness of water
free the peaceful soul


205. Inhaling Jane’s Wisdom

taking a deep breath
I read morsels of your life,
inhale your wisdom


206. Haiku Images

snapshot of a thought,
colours and shadows merging:
haiku images


207. White Lily

rippling river
punctuates a new haiku
with a white lily


208. Resonance

summer sunset fades
echoes of pink afterglow
resonating clouds


209. Morning Haiku

dawn’s grey penumbrae
shattered by luminous rays
lifted like a veil


210. Romance and Sea Mist

scent of earth and sea
mingled breath of you and me
mist clings to coastline


211. Summer Stars

sparkles of sunshine
caught in ripples of swan’s wake
lovers’ stars


212. River Life

anchored in river
lily pads float and flower
water keeps flowing


213. Single Cloud

single cloud
in sky above blue water
craves own reflection


214. Love the Moment

heart-shaped poplar leaves
shimmer in motionless air
hum in gentle breeze


215. Amor vincit omnia

spring conquers winter
banishing cold and darkness
a lover’s dream


216. Homesick Angel

homesick angel
arches her body homewards
single feather drops


217. Beauty in the Soul

beauty’s in the soul
written in poetic words
untouched by death


218. Purposeful

gossamer cobweb
glitters in tightly-drawn threads
purposeful spider


219. Mosaic of Beauty

kaleidoscopic
tesserae of life combine
in unique beauty


 

220. My Mother’s Smile

lined and thinned with age
the ghost of her smile survives
a spark in blue eyes


221. Summer Kitten’s Dream

small grey face is pressed
against window chattering
summer kitten’s dream


222. Phototropism

wind stirs willow branch
sun breaks through cracks in shadows
growth encouragement


223. Weeping Willow

below the willow
can’t imagine tomorrow
drowning in sorrow


224. Heart Feelings

magnifying glass
of feelings and emotions
heart’s erratic dance


225. Between Moments

the moment between
the tick and tock of a clock
measurement of now


226. Drama in the Sky

drama in the sky
turbulent watercolours
condensed in cloudscapes


227. Heavenly Jigsaw

in the cool shadows
of the garden, a small piece
of heaven’s jigsaw


228. Smile

early morning walk
I smile at the scarecrow’s silk
pocket handkerchief


229. The Drought is Over

on my arid lips
drop silver liquid kisses
the drought is over


230. Heavenly Prism

through a drop of rain
nature vibrates with colour
heavenly prism


231. Mountainous Yearning

unbroken landscape
embracing the open sky
mountainous yearning


232. Reminders of Snow

chill of autumn air
silver rime and morning mist
reminders of snow


233. Waiting for Autumn

garden frondescence
anticipates season’s turn
spark of autumn’s flame


234. Calming Conifers

on a mountain top
crown of majestic cedars
sweet incense drifting

fragrance of needles
a soft cushion for my head
soothing me to sleep


235. Early Morning Peace

light announces day
nothing disturbs morning peace
darkness creeps away


236. Mystery of Sleep

a glimmer of dawn
seeps through a tissue of mist
the dream is over


237. Our First Glimpse of the Aurora Borealis

festooned with starlight
aurora bathes the North Sea
with ghostly shimmer


238. As spring fades

as spring fades
nature covers pastel shades
with summer brightness


239. Salute to the Sun

through morning windows
choral symphony of birds
salute to the sun


240. Through the eyes of a child

tossed by gusts of wind
harlequin leaves swirl and dance
a sky full of kites


241. Riddles and Puddles

rainbows in puddles:
mirror reflections of sky
or nature’s street art?


242. Beached

alone on a beach
wave-tumbled water-worn stone
enveloped in sand


243. Frog Chorus

bubbles
encircle water lilies
frog chorus


244. Summer Calm

bird song
under a shady tree
summer calm


245. Happiness in the Quiet Garden

scent of trees
sanctity of leaf shadows
morning sounds


246. Folded Prayers

origami boat
setting sail from a temple
folded paper prayers


247. Departure in Pigeon Steps

her soul disappears
departing with pigeon steps
into dementia


248. Freewheeling Solstice

solstice cycle
freewheeling through summer days
then long nights draw in


249. Cool Autumn

the year has started
to draw to a close – autumn
cools remaining heat


250. Dew-silvered

an owl’s silent wings
gliding on morning shadows
dew-silvered garden


251. Anticipating Autumn

arid summer creek
anticipates a shower
tumbling autumn leaves


252. Wisdom and Wordsmithery

wisdom
forged from experience
tempered with words


253. As the Seasons Change

as the seasons change
leaves, conkers and blackberries
fill up our table


254. Unfurling Fungi

as summer shades fade
autumn colours come to life
unfurling fungi


255. Amber Moon

in September sky
the man in the moon is trapped
a fly in amber


256. Revising Basho’s Flute

clusters of flowers
freed from the musician’s flute
floating melodies


257. Cascading Waterfall

meltwater trickles
patient droplets gathering
pregnant waterfall

thundering cascade
carving out rocks and boulders
waterfall sculpture

flash of silver scales
leaping up the waterfall
frenzy of salmon

eddies and whirlpools
wild dance of fall and river
passionate embrace


258. Leaf

chlorophyll uncurls
each glistening appendage
glossed by summer rain

259. Candlelight

new candle flickers
draughts entangle wisps of smoke
capturing shadows

old candle flares up
in a pool of molten wax
final performance


260. Ocean Sculpture

salt-soaked and sun-bleached
sculpted by the toss of waves
abandoned driftwood


261. Winter Stars

winter sky pulsates
silent dance of silver stars
saturnalia


262. Setting Poetry Free

page of poetry
words are pinned like butterflies
until they’re spoken


263. The Story of the Bench

comfy confidante
secrets in its knots and grain
a weatherworn bench


264. Lady of the Camellias

pink camellia
among muted  browns and greens
a flounce of petals


265. Leafless

bashful branches hide
bare behind a shroud of mist
cold comfort


266. Resting in Shadows

in the daytime heat
pigeons cool feathers in shade
weariness of wings


267. Grinding Words with Stone

inky black Incense
rises from the grinding stone
haiku embryos


268. October Farewells

migrating swallows
break in waves across the sun
sobbing their goodbyes


269. Ordinary Interrupted

alien crane fly
skates across the bathroom sink
long-legged haiku


270. The Art of Nothing

ink fluidity
brush strokes blackness of nothing
Zen calligraphy


271. Lap Cat

curled up in my lap
rumble of contented purr
touch of silky fur


272. Wings and Leaves

sunset silhouettes
of crow-black wings gathering
leaves on empty trees


273. Illustrating Haiku

watercolour words
seep out of light and shadow
animated scenes


274. Three Dimensional

three dimensional
words and imagery emerge
sculpture on a page


275. Haiku Round the Clock

a rusting rainbow
autumn’s bronze and copper hues
splashed by seagull grey

cranes fly overhead
feathers like cherry blossom
love glows in sunset

sunflower petals
radiant in a blue sky
helianthus clouds

autumn butterfly
in search of summer nectar
floats in a beer glass


276. The Magic of Knitting

nimble fingers knit
looping and slipping rainbows –
needlework haiku


277. Goodbye to Summer

autumn thunder growls
summer licks its wounds and turns
first leaves are falling


278. Hibernacula

under the willow
autumn piles up damp decay
toad hibernation


279. Beads and Wishes

drops from a rainbow
strung into stars and fishes
collage of wishes


280. Bible Stories

antiquated words
gilded rites and rituals
metaphor of life


281. Dragonfly Lands on a Lotus Bud

kissed by dragonfly
early morning lotus petals
unfolding sunlight


282. Late Night London

bright-eyed fox appears
under city-light sulphur
leaching rust from fur


283. Evolving Shapes of Clay

inhaling the earth
cool smoothness of clay shapes
senses overload


284. Chrysanthemum Dreams

bright chrysanthemums
exploding in weary eyes
let dreams begin


285. Turtle Dove Duet

heads together
cooing a gentle duet
love’s ancient symbol


286. Circle of Seasons

in bursts of spring rain
young leaves embrace liquid life
awakening buds

on a mountain peak
a cloud of silence settles
a monk deep in prayer

river symphony
rippling on the summer breeze
she dances alone

flakes of falling snow
cover the tracks of sparrows
whitewash a blue sky


287. Beating Metal

hammer and anvil
music in the glowing forge
metal comes to life


288. Grandmother’s Sampler

richness of colours
tracery of silken threads
grandmother’s sampler


289. Ocho Mecho

paper-folding hands
caress of nimble fingers
butterfly romance


290. Of Shells and Lovers

blushing pink seashell
glistening  with salty foam
in a lover’s hands


291. Lost in Middle-earth

imagination
bound together in fiction
lost in Middle-earth


292. Early Morning Street Cleaners

 gulls flock the town square
last night’s fast food vanishes
a round of applause

293. Demise of the Autumn Willow

weeping willow fades
golden to butter yellow
a smear in the mud


294. Spanning Centuries

spanning centuries
and a river of seasons
stone but not alone


295. Smoke and Breath

smoke curls from chimneys
mingling with smouldering leaves
and nebulous breath


296. Dancing in the Moonlight

ballerina
dancing in the moonlight
silver turns to gold


297. Apples in Autumn

spring apple blossom
spread gentle scent; now fading
leaves hide russet fruit


298. Home Comforts

autumn winds and rains
blocking drains and stopping trains
with showers of leaves


299. 22nd November 1980

in the pregnant bloom
of a late autumn full moon
a new life was born


300. Inspired by Basho

solitary crow
conspicuous in bare limbs
of an autumn tree

the caw of a crow
echoes hollow loneliness
in leafless seasons


301. Yellow Silence

a dandelion’s
yellow silence radiates
in a field of green


302. Silent Windowbox

only naked soil
fills the winter windowbox
bulbs sleep silently

303. Breaking the Silence

in the stark silence
of winter mornings
a single crow calls

304. Silent Lights

in the busy square
the premature Christmas tree
lights remain silent

305. Bubbles of Silence

noisy waterfall
bounces down rocks creating
bubbles of silence

306. Silent Padlocks

on the lamp-lit bridge
metal locks symbols of love
in silent embrace

307. Wisteria Incense

warmth of summer breeze
stirs wisteria blossoms
sweet breath of incense

308. Out of Shadows

sizzle of white noise
slithers out of sleep shadows
silence is broken

309. Gardening in the Autumn Rain

soaked by constant rain
the gardener rakes autumn
in a gaudy pile

310. Solitude

in his solitude
only the poet speaks words
quiet and content

311. After the Storm

north wind has died down
rain no longer drums on roofs
just silent puddles

312. The Silence of Space

a dense fog of stars,
planets, gas and dust fizzes
silently in space

313. White Silence

bridging a lonely road
rainbow of water and fog
renders us speechless

314. Finding the Inner Silence

beyond the heart beat
surge of blood and air in lungs
body’s quietude

315. Silence of Dreams

in sleep’s dark cocoon
echo multitudes of sounds
no one else can hear

316. Leaves on the Pond

fading autumn light
drops leaves breezily – floats them
on the quiet pond

317. Descent to Wroclaw

trees flank the runway
bony charcoal cheerleaders
greeting arrivals

318. Silver Winter Morning

silent mist and frost
stealthy amongst leaves and grass
silvering morning

319. Another Silence

bees have stopped buzzing
glassy wings iridescent
in winter sunlight

320. Making Tracks

chill winds gust and blow
wrong types of leaves on the tracks –
autumn waves goodbye

321. Blank Silence

a blank page or screen
anticipates poetry
words break the silence


 322. Raindrops and Music

an open window
they drip from my umbrella
preludes and raindrops


323. Silence of the Light Bulb

electric light bulb
a halo of noisy light –
someone flicks the switch


324. An Air of Bach

chilly sky lightens
notes rise and fall, swell and fade
morning melody


325. Silent Years

an old photograph
passing seasons of silence
fading with your face


326. River Serenade

river serenades
overhanging summer trees
on strains of a breeze


327. A Stolen Kiss

secret stolen kiss
lasts as long as our held breaths
merging together


328. Silent Swimming

no echo, splash or
bubbles in a summer pool
dry swimming practice


329. Red Sky at Night

winter night descends
sky’s stained with a bloody streak
a shepherd’s delight


330. Waltz of the Flowers

a Christmas delight
memories of spring blossom
on a winter night


331. Silenced by Ivy

no flowers remain
on the boa of ivy
gagging the willow


332. Words are not Required

words are not required
music speaks its own language
golden tongues of sound


333. Frosty Silence

silence of fresh frost
glistening on the footpath
broken underfoot


334. Conquest of Paradise

choir of angels
raises heavenly voices
musical conquest


335. Tomorrow’s Snow

sunshine’s a memory
stuffed into feathery clouds
with tomorrow’s snow


336. Between Words

the length of a thought
in breathless space between words
resonates silence


337. (Echo) Chamber Music

the polite murmur
of woodwind and harpsichord
echoes across time


338. Silent Winter Sun

behind winter clouds
the sun is waiting to burst
into spring giggles


339. Heavenly Harpsichord

dulcet choir of strings
floating on a cloud of notes
moths drawn to a flame


340. The Silence of a Smile

a smile is silent
yet its message can be heard
in a thunderstorm

341. Allegro

frost in the garden
allegro con spirito
everything glitters


342. Musical Dreams

in musical dreams
fingers conjure golden notes
echo of cello


 

 

 

© Kim M. Russell, 2015-16

 

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