Tuesday, 27 June 2006

Three Summer haiku

Still summer evening
pearly pink clouds, bluest sky
swifts soar lazily
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fast flowing river
watersparkle reflecting
on cliff overhang
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wildflower meadow
electric blue damselfly
threading through the grass

Sunday, 25 June 2006

An attempt at a new poetic form - The Fib

Across at One Deep Breath the current haiku challenge is to create a Fib, a haiku type poem using the first numbers from the Fibonacci series (1/1/2/3/5/8). This is perfect for me as I have spent ages tryring to write a poem about the Fibonacci series. (Honestly!). Here is my first attempt at a Fib.

pine
cone
spiral
nebulae
the fruit of the plant
envisioning the universe

Summer Loss

Sunshine smelled of coconut,
blackcaps sang like larks.
You took my hand and lead me
across trampolining grass
through a prickly gorse bush tunnel
onto a speedwell lawn.
The place became our hideaway
for afternoons of love
the whole of that hot summer
that stretched into eternity.

Last time I walked that way alone
black charred remains
were all I saw
of gorse.

Friday, 23 June 2006

Snow by Maxence Fermine

I've just read this beautiful little book. Yuko is a poet who loves haiku and snow. His poetry is white and pure like the snow itself. He travels to find a master poet who can help him find some colour in his poetry. Along the way he falls in love and discovers a lot about how to write poetry. The story is clear and symmetrical, like a snowflake and full of wisdom. It's a short novel, told in simple language (just as well given that I read it in Italian! Though it was written originally in French). I'd say its essential reading for everyone who loves poetry (and snow!).

Sunday, 18 June 2006

haiku

Seagulls on the beach
their calls the loneliest sound
even in vast flocks

Sunday, 11 June 2006

Late Flowering

I don’t like farmland bursting into flower
on the edge of town
red splashed with poppies rising
tall above vetches and secret plants.

All this bright colour

a last brave show
of hope from seeds
freed from farming
for a brief time until


all is lost to concrete.

Friday, 9 June 2006

Bracelet

This bracelet is made from a strange net like material that I have no memory of where it came from! I laced through some silver ribbon that came from gift wrap and sewed on some bead type flowers. It's fastened with gift ribbon at the back. I made it at a workshop organised by Bits and Bobs, the Edinburgh Scrapstore.