Friday, December 30, 2005

an anonymous
new year's gift -
of sniffles

Thursday, December 29, 2005

just enough snow
to show
a cat's passed by

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

bitter night
the last
of the honey

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

in one room
after another
winter chill
the winter sun
is enough to melt
a hard frost
why do useless attachments
last for a lifetime?

Sunday, December 25, 2005

fainter and fainter
down the darkening road -
'comfort and joy'

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve
settling down to re-read
an old book

Friday, December 23, 2005

almost Christmas
a section in the card shop
marked 'religious'

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

no moon
to play the ghost of hope -
winter solstice night

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

cafe window -
for a while we're on the inside
looking out

Monday, December 19, 2005

lost glove
palm up - holds the curve
of the fingers

Sunday, December 18, 2005

slipping back
into the soft dark
of a winter dream

Saturday, December 17, 2005

the street preacher -
his voice
and the busker's


down the high street
a boisterous crowd
of Santa Claus balloons

Friday, December 16, 2005

cool moon
beyond the flickering
of coloured lights

Thursday, December 15, 2005

advent -
the stubs
of last year's candles

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

year's end -
a hint of green in the taste
of a red tomato

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

on the bus
we talk of God, the holocaust
and handkerchiefs

Monday, December 12, 2005

nothing to say
moon below
the telephone wire

Sunday, December 11, 2005

playing
that song again
I remember
why I stopped
playing that song

Saturday, December 10, 2005

not smiling -
woman with a basketful
of cartoon pyjamas

Friday, December 09, 2005

each step up
the library stairs
smaller bits of leaves
stress-ball globes
the office worker
juggles

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

December drizzle -
discount shops selling
artificial snow

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

a silver star
in the window
of a grubby pub

Monday, December 05, 2005

fifty-two
small blank squares
my year planner

Sunday, December 04, 2005

clenched fingers
deep in a coat pocket
the numbing cold
of a house key
on a metal ring

Saturday, December 03, 2005

playing a tree
he bends
to check the script
quiet zone
the only person in there -
on the phone


quiet is the new smoking according to Pete Ashton

Friday, December 02, 2005

rain clouds
darkening
the morning sky

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

technical hitch
the speaker suggests we
talk amongst ourselves
oak leaves
falling through
an icy stillness

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

morning frost
the honey has hardened
in the jar

Monday, November 28, 2005

mist and smoke
these long nights
also pass

Sunday, November 27, 2005

news headlines
I focus on the word
plight

Saturday, November 26, 2005

this morning's class
why am I at the front
talking?

Friday, November 25, 2005

heroic statues bound
with strings
of Christmas lights

Thursday, November 24, 2005

cold snap -
an eccentric assortment
of hats

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

two-for-one deals -
Elvis complains that he's
lonely this Christmas

senryu, probably

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


in the meeting
on virtual meetings
a presentation
on software
for presentations

kyoka - 'mad song'

Monday, November 21, 2005

bleary eyed
I keep polishing
my glasses

Sunday, November 20, 2005

winter sun
the coldness
of a white envelope

Saturday, November 19, 2005

fantasy
on a Friday afternoon
back down
to earth
at moonrise

Friday, November 18, 2005

winter bench
two beer cans
and a sleeping bag

Thursday, November 17, 2005

winter moon
the toddler's delight
at a bus ride

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

winter moon
milk and honey
in the fridge

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

winter moon
we don't share the good news
or the bad

Monday, November 14, 2005

new diary -
the paper cut
stings

Sunday, November 13, 2005

my notes
of the meeting -
snail in a hat

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Remembrance Day
the memory
of different silences

Friday, November 11, 2005

gridlock -
the guide dog's eyes
slowly close

Thursday, November 10, 2005

after midnight
that song I can't get
out of my head

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

days of rain
a spent firework
in the gutter

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

quarter moon
Christmas trimmings
in the pound shop

Monday, November 07, 2005

woken
by a senseless fear...
there may not be
enough dreams left
to last the night

Sunday, November 06, 2005


evening rain
the stallholder cries
'half price flowers'

Saturday, November 05, 2005

westbound train
glides along beside
still water

Friday, November 04, 2005

working late
red leaves
on all the screen savers

Thursday, November 03, 2005

librarian
keeps the best of last year's
autumn leaves

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

All Saints Day
on the bus they share
a joke, a kiss, a chip

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

all-hallows eve
the small boy brandishes
a plastic pitchfork

Sunday, October 30, 2005

sax solo
the long slow wail
of Wasted Years

Saturday, October 29, 2005

exile


sometimes I hear
the language
of my home

in old songs
mostly just
a word or two

once
it seems
in every twenty years

I hear
someone who sings it
fluently

then turns
and walks away


[This is not haiku, but it's strongly influenced by haiku. ]

Friday, October 28, 2005

small hours
the hiss of tyres
on a wet road

Thursday, October 27, 2005

evening rush
.............into
the autumn sunset

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

dismal night
sorting the recycling
from the rubbish


(this could be about either household or poetic waste, who can tell?)

after the deluge
a huddle of smokers
by the door

Monday, October 24, 2005

new coolness
a beer can clattering
along the gutter

Sunday, October 23, 2005

curtains drawn
the autumn evening
closes in

Saturday, October 22, 2005

by email
another poem about
failing to communicate

Friday, October 21, 2005


a bank of cloud
over
the city walls

Thursday, October 20, 2005


the bright edge
of a cloud
that hides the moon

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

autumn term
a gold sequin
on the library stairs

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

no stars
just raindrops
on the window

Monday, October 17, 2005

morning fog -
but even so
the sun rises

afternoon rain -
from my window I see someone
at his window

Saturday, October 15, 2005

morning mistiness
the delicate white
of old scars

Friday, October 14, 2005

behind the man
sweeping up leaves
leaves fall

Thursday, October 13, 2005

a dark morning
the seagull's mew lost
in a siren's scream

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

in the crook
of a branch the curve
of a squirrel

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

fallen leaves -
the same pattern repeated
over and over