Do you name your trees?

Late afternoon sunlight blinkslike my gold molar when I laugh. It jokes among the honeysuckle leavesthat hug the cherry tree. They are mapped with age spots and veins,frustrated at their fading. On the third shelf up,surrounded by fiction books and poetry, the photograph of my mother as a little girlstares from a frame made of […]

Poetry Pea Podcast: Trees

Patricia has kindly included two of my haiku in the latest Poetry Pea Podcast Series 2 Episode 14: Trees.  There are some stunning tree haiku from around the world, and Patricia reads them beautifully. You can listen to the podcast as well as read the notes to accompany it on the Poetry Pea website.

House of Trees

Many branches have been lost. Storm scars heal and leaves rain. Strong-standing trees twinkle with sunlight again, billowing autumn with colourful drifts and crunch of acorns underfoot. In the heart of oaken breasts, squirrels busily stock their nests, warm and winter ready. We too have taken stock: logs are stacked and kindling’s chopped; soon there […]

Phoenix Trees

(to be read from the roots up) into a fresh spring breeze. pump pollen and on bare branches wriggle will catkins and new green leaves Soon roots and shoots. branches, slender resilient and stubborn spread storm, by a over bowled toppled, having trunks, Crumbling Kim M. Russell, 2017 Jennifer Vranes – “New Beginnings” My response […]

Leafless

bashful branches hide bare behind a shroud of mist cold comfort © Kim M. Russell, 2016   My response to Carpe Diem #1069 leafless trees This is the last episode of our tribute to Jane month, which concludes with the last modern kigo of winter from Jane’s “A Dictionary of Haiku”.  Today ‘leafless trees’ is the prompt, for […]