Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Living with it

The snake is still in the house, it hasn't gone away, it could come back into view at any moment.

The first time he saw it, it was a shock. He froze, glanced around for a weapon or a way out. During the day he found it hard to keep his gaze from going back to it. When it slid into the shadows at night he slept lightly and woke abruptly before dawn.

As time passed he got used to living with a snake, used to putting his feet up on the couch when relaxing on a hot afternoon, used to checking the shower before stepping in. He only rarely turned on the lamp he had set out to illuminate the dark corners.

One day he realised that even if there were no snake in the house it would be easy enough for one to slither in from outside, maybe without him even noticing.

moon shadows
the test results come back

Blithe Spirit Vol 30 No 4 November 2020

the old walls -
a memorial to those lost
in previous plagues

City - The British Haiku Society 30th Anniversary Members' Haiku Anthology 2020

a fledgling gull's
persistent cries
the city
so much quieter
this summer

Blithe Spirit Vol 30 No 4 November 2020

a scattering
of downy seeds
in the evening air
who knows what
another year will bring?

Blithe Spirit Vol 30 No 4 November 2020

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Thursday, September 03, 2020

The rift

He doesn't talk about it because he can't find words that people will understand. A few times, early on, he made attempts but they ended in frustration and failure. Those who have been to certain places don't come back, although they appear to. They are forever separated from the rest. They themselves can see the rift quite clearly, but others only have a vague sense of it. 

the scent of road dust 
and aromatic herbs

Blithe Spirit Vol 30 No 3 August 2020
after school
we played a game
called 'touch'
laughing as we ran
to find a safe place

Blithe Spirit Vol 30 No 3 August 2020 
taken back
by the scent of
to a path that leads down
to a cooling sea

Blithe Spirit Vol 30 No 3 August 2020
desire takes on
an extra poignancy
for the night tide
to bring you home

Blithe Spirit Vol 30 No 3 August 2020
a soft light
in the quiet room
how long
have I been watching
while you sleep?

British Haiku Society 30th Anniversary Members' Tanka Anthology. 2020
she tells me now
her time is mostly spent
obtaining food
how quickly life
can be reduced to this

Presence 67 July 2020

the judder
of the fan
as it starts up
that moment on waking
when you remember

Presence 67 July 2020

talking about
how to deal with
the woman with a harsh
and rasping voice

Presence 67 July 2020