Monthly Archives: May 2016

Seeding Storms

This sharp air Glancing sun Crystalline fragility. A remembrance of youth Sudden clarity The promise of vigour. But this day yet darkens Cloud builds to the North Mountains seed storm. Bruised purple Undercloud afternoon The threat of evening. It is … Continue reading

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Don’t Know

This accented slide Away out to sea Stealthy theft. – Burnishing the glory A wasted day for *le mot juste* Shrivels what lives. This pulse Strong Beats on…and on… – Rising mist Damp day dour Brings down the cloud. When … Continue reading

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Four Haiku for Morning

This cold night will out A glimmer now of morning A breath in the leaves. Forest silence wrings Blackbird’s solitary song Such intimacy. A blind man reading Long lost days of living sight In memoriam. Pathos of distance Setting forth … Continue reading

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Wandering on the way

There is no time, sap flows, all is green. Shimmer and shine, lime olive leaf, all this life. A rack of cloud, slung over the sea, open hills. Your distance, our nonseparation, wind in the trees. How many years, lost … Continue reading

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A Sparkle of Moon

How small the dog’s bark Distance Fills this moment. Late coming dark Summering days No time for sleep. A sparkle of moon The window’s eye Blinks. Woodworms worry Such busy lives Becoming dust. Human lights Shimmer the drying shore Middle … Continue reading

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Listen!

A single chaffinch Threads forest and mind Together. Then a fly Soft bees drone A vibrant thrush’s song. An open sky A gentle breeze The easy breath of leaves. This world is green Shining generation And so, and so… Wet … Continue reading

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One thousand characters to say it?

Gratitude, it is often said, But to whom? There is no doubt, It gives joy, ceaselessly. God? No word is emptier! But this is real. There is no doubt, Yet, how to say it? “The ever-burning fire Kindling in measures, … Continue reading

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Saying the simple still

In this small clearing Far above the morning mist Distant dogs and donkeys Bark and bray the new day. No water but that carried No power but this sun Food aplenty but hidden In deep forest and lost ways. Where … Continue reading

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A Few Words

To clarify a possible confusion; the poetry on this blog is not ‘haiku’ but my own terse form. ‘haiku’ has a tradition, a long evolving form, which I do not attempt to match. Perhaps Basho is the greatest ‘haiku’ poet, … Continue reading

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Nothing is so beautiful as Spring

Moss The wet rock How still the air. Turned earth Strewn stones A single fern. The forest deep Weighted For silence. The green bloom Spring leaf Illumination. Listening A darkening world A new moon. Rain charged air The viscous membrane … Continue reading

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