Ghost Lights

Reflected ghost lights
twinkle on evergreen bush;
Christmas fairy-lights.

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Morning sunlight streaming briefly through my back window bounced off the cut-glass lamp inherited from my in-laws onto the front window showing ghostly fairy-lights on the bush in my front garden – it took a minute or two to work out what was causing them!


Safe Talk

Keeping loved ones safe.
My son delivers bread flour,
we talk through window.

January Joy 29

Raindrops twinkle in puddles
as I gaze through the window
hugging a mug of warm herbal tea.


Stunned by its collision
with the window,
pigeon sits on the ground
dazed but otherwise unharmed.
Checking later — gone.


The window divides
bird table from my table.
Breakfast unites us.

Face at the Window

A face at the window,
Whiskers, our stray cat is back.
Missing for weeks — where did he go?
I don’t suppose I will ever know.

Dark Butterfly

Dark butterfly
passes the window,
too fast for me
to identify.

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Butterflies seem to have been rather scarce this year, however the recent hot spell has brought them out at last.


Drumming against the window pane
all night the rain
kept up its rhythmic, incessant beat
accompanying my restless sleep.


Cold crept into the house
and into my heart
after you had gone
through the window
the sun did not shine.

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This is my first attempt at the Tanka form (or should I say free-form!). It was inspired by the spell of cold weather we have had after a glorious week that was more like summer and also by my husband’s absence for a few days just as the weather changed (he will be back so it isn’t as tragic as it sounds!). Today the sun has returned but it is not as warm as last week.

Shaking the Bones

An early night, I lie awake.
Window ajar, I hear the traffic noise.
A heavy lorry trundles past
shaking the bones
of my home.

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