April in the Woods

between budding trees awash with lukewarm sunshine a wave of bluebells Kim M. Russell, 31st October 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1772 Virginia Blue Bell In the last episode of Carpe Diem’s festive 7th birthday month, we have a beautiful small flower: the bluebell. I’m not sure whether mine is a haiku or a […]

Robin in the Garden

between yellow leaves little beady-eyed head cocked curious robin he flits from hedgerow to tree scanning for a juicy worm tiny tracks in snow leading to a holly bush blush of camouflage an overwintering guest he shelters in flowerpots romancing his mate perched upon a wheelbarrow song-trilling red breast pecking at cherry blossom among yellow […]


companionable scratching behind the wainscot little harvest mouse Kim M. Russell, 21st October 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1766 mouse This month we are celebrating Carpe Diem’s 7th birthday and the smaller creatures of nature. Today we are creating haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms on the theme of the ‘mouse’.

One Starry Night

one starry night to make that one painting – the rustling leaves                          Chėvrefeuille (2014) silent comets fall to earth illuminating willows leaves and branches blaze bright and silver with starlight under the moon’s eye only trunks lie in shadow holding up the studded sky an owl screeches breaking the starstruck silence sharp talons ready its […]


on the honeysuckle the fragile wings of a butterfly a fluttering sound                                      Chèvrefeuille (October 2012) heavy and sweetly perfumed memories of warmer days                      Kim M. Russell, 10th October 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1760 Butterfly In today’s episode of Carpe Diem’s celebration kai, our challenge is to create a Tan Renga with a given […]