Magnolia Flush

Second
Magnolia flush;
blossom both bold
and delicate, late summer
beauty.

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Meerkat

Squirrel
thinks he’s
a meerkat, stands
alert on the lawn.
Scarpers.

Wildlife Restaurant (Elfje Sequence)

Wildlife
Restaurant open
twenty-four hours.
Come, eat and drink.
Welcome.

Morning.
Sparrows twitter
at bird feeders,
splash in mini pond.
Joyful.

Afternoon.
Mouse darts
from under shrubbery.
Warily nibbles fallen seed.
Opportunistic.

Dusk.
Three hedgehogs
eat from bowl,
drink from mini pond.
Disperse.

Holiday Haiku 6 + Elfje


Bright red, the poppies
growing among the field crops.
How they catch the eye.

Poppies were a constant feature of our time away travelling through France and Spain. They inspired both the above Haiku and the Elfje below. I couldn’t decide which version I preferred so have shared both.

Look,
bright red,
growing among crops
in the roadside fields.
Poppies.

Holiday Elfje – Breathing

Twice
a day
river water comes,
goes, in…out; tide
breathing.

* * * * * * * * * * * *
As promised, over the next couple of weeks I shall share the short-form poetry that I wrote while I was away. With the exception of this Elfje they were inspired by events during that time so I will post them here in chronological order – apart from Monday’s Haiku, which records an event towards the end of my holiday.

Cherry Tree

Pigeon
pair in
the cherry tree
draw my attention to
buds.

No Coat Needed

No
coat needed;
warm and sunny,
mild spring-like day.
February!

Frost

Frost
lies white
across the lawn,
keeping me inside;
warm.

October, November

October
rolls on
day by day
towards cool, dark, bleak
November.

Silvered

Silvered
by cloud
a feeble sun
tries to break through.
Defeated.

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