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 […]

Ancient Roads

beneath the tarmac ancient footprints left behind forever frozen Kim M. Russell, 6th October 2019 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #105 Turn Back Time For the first weekend meditation of October 2019, when we are celebrating Carpe Diem’s 7th anniversary, we have a new feature: ‘Turn Back Time’; we’re revisiting challenges we’ve had […]

Photoshopping Buson’s Camellia

blushing bud unfurls in the glass polisher’s hand a camellia Kim M. Russell, 29th September 2019 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #104 Photo-shopping Haiku “Camellia” (Yosa Buson) In this new weekend meditation, we have an episode of ‘Photo-shopping Haiku’ and a haiku by Buson (1716-1784): tama-suri-no zayu ni hiraku tsubaki kana Unfolding at […]

Start of Autumn

fragments of sunset on a warm blustery breeze sudden fall of leaves Kim M. Russell, 22nd September 2019 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #103 The Quest for A New Masterpiece Continues: Start Of Autumn, also shared with Poets United at the Poetry Pantry I’m glad to be back for this weekend’s meditation, in […]

Photo-Shopped Crickets

silent pauses punctuated by crickets autumn begins Kim M. Russell, 8th September 2019 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #101 Photoshopping Haiku: Cricket Silence This weekend we are writing ‘photo-shopped’ haiku, tweaking to make the difference between a good haiku (or tanka) and an excellent haiku (or tanka). Chèvrefeuille says that we can ‘photo-shop’ […]


the words of water having no punctuation flow around pebbles and rocks wearing down to silt words roll from ripples pop from bubbles and sparkle in foam and crystals forming sub-zero dirges words melt into spring filling ditches and gutters gurgling and splashing with the plump plopping of dew and rain dripping and dropping Kim […]