Thursday, August 23, 2007

lost and found

sometimes I put things down
and lose them
it must be
my age
a while ago I lost
the word
but today I found it
quite unexpectedly
up a tree
in the park
against the blue
of a late summer sky
the vivid green of leaves
where the sun
catches the eye

Saturday, August 18, 2007

a summer shower
shivering the surface
of the sea
and all the colours
darken in the rain

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

If I could share it with you
breaking it
by hand
if necessary
bread would do

Sunday, August 05, 2007

taking it
to bed with me - the warmth
of the day's sun
my clumsiness -
a picture of the Buddha
falls to the floor


Starting today
with this grey garment
I’m going to throw away
everything that’s ugly in my life
and keep only the cheerful
and the beautiful
I will do it quite slowly
one unlovely item at a time
there’s no rush to complete
the work of a lifetime.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Wings of Desire

In the comments section a few posts back Alan Summers mentioned a film - Wings of Desire -that I hadn't seen and alerted to me something quite wonderful. The script is made up in large part of the poetry of Peter Handke, much of which shares the spirit of haiku and related forms. I also found this essay, Angels and the Modern City by Eric Mader Lin, on the symbolism of the film. All links well worth following.

...Normal poetry will be resumed following this cinematic break...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

how many years ago?
the taste of a cherry
just like this one
he and she
walk opposite ways
around the fountain