2015 was to be my first full New Year as a free woman. I had left teaching the previous summer, although still working as an examiner, and embarked on a writing course with Penguin Random House, on which I hoped to complete my children’s novel, Joe and Nelly. But I had an itch that I […]
clinking glasses stars rise in new year champagne by candlelight clinking glasses above the flash of fireworks a new moon stars rise in new year champagne each bursting bubble a resolution by candlelight the old year bids fare thee well flickering shadows Kim M. Russell, 28th January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1804 New […]
waxy white petals illuminating grey days a celebration Kim M. Russell, 28th January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1803 New Beginnings: Snowdrops In today’s new episode of a month of New Beginnings our prompt is ‘snowdrops’, the first signs that Spring is near.
shiny silver ring encompasses boundless love a winter wedding Kim M. Russell, 23rd January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1802 New Beginnings: without beginning Today’s prompt first appears to be a bit of an enigma or dilemma. It’s related to the (wedding) ring or circle. The circle is one of the most important symbols […]
after heavy snow bright daffodils and tulips a grandchild’s cry Kim M. Russell, 20th January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1801 New Beginnings: first cry In today’s challenge, the ‘first cry’ might be cry of a new-born human or an animal. Chèvrefeuille says that maybe, with super hearing, we might hear the first blossoms cry. […]
a crimson leaf twirls among windfalls and mist the woods are rusting Kim M. Russell, 20th January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1800 New Beginnings: first leaf falling We have passed the half-way mark in our month of ‘New Beginnings’ and today our challenge is to create Japanese poetry on the theme of ‘first […]
the new-born arrives wrapped in stormy clouds and waves a precious life the new-born arrives with wrinkles and eyes shut tight an ancient soul wrapped in stormy clouds and waves long-awaited cry stirs a mother’s love a precious life the first part of their journey together Kim M. Russell, 17th January 2020 My response to […]
in silken safety chrysalises dream of wings awaiting spring sun Kim M. Russell, 16th January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1798 New Beginnings: Metamorphosis In today’s episode of New Beginnings, we enter the world of insects and butterflies. The challenge is to write about ‘metamorphosis’.
single snowflake falls sparkling white in the dark night the pale moon shivers Kim M. Russell, 14th January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1797 New Beginnings: First Snow Today’s prompt is ‘first snow’”, a classical kigo for winter. Our challenge is to create a classical haiku or tanka. Our examples are from Basho and […]
a glint of orange dancing on the horizon bare branches rejoice Kim M. Russell, 13th January 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1796 New Beginnings: first sunray Today our prompt is ‘first sunray’, and we’ve been given an example by Matsuo Basho to inspire us: Mume ga ka ni notto hi no deru yamaji kana […]