Wednesday, August 30, 2023

a flat light
under a thunderous sky
she tells me
her side
of the story

an open window
in an empty building
a pigeon
into the dark

he talks about
hoe he found meaning
on a mountain top
a gust of wind blows
his words away

Presence Issue 76 July 2023

weak sunshine
a yellow bucket
full of rain

no longer
that just drags on
from day to day

Blithe Spirit Vol 33 No 3 August 2023

Friday, May 12, 2023

morning haze
dreaming of a new 
King Arthur

restaurant closed
a pigeon hunched against
the chill

new year
a bag-for-life
blows past

Presence Issue 75 March 2023


Monday, December 19, 2022

in somatic practice
by a wet dog
I give myself
a good shake

Water - The British Haiku Society Members' Anthology 2022

a vague sense
of something
not quite right
I check my temperature
and the morning news

most of us
can meet her
as we always did
the woman who forever
haunts our dreams

on my list
of things to do
a guided meditation
on how to
just be

Presence Issue 74 November 2022

the scarlet cloth
of a guard's tunic
once in a while
a golden thread

a flock
of crows

Blithe Spirit Vol 32 No 4 November 2022

I find myself living
a cat's life
watching the world
through half-closed eyes

walled garden
in the evening
blackbird song echoes
the deepening

another atrocity
not knowing
what else to do
I plant
sunflower seeds

we begin to talk about it -
the unthinkable

Presence Issue 73 July 2022 

Sunday, June 12, 2022

the rowan tree
in morning sunshine
buds break
as if all was well
with the world

I look around
my room and wonder
would I
take this? would I
leave this behind?

sweet grapes
and the fresh tang
of a persimmon
old loves
and new

Blithe Spirit Vol 32 No 2 May 2022

Thursday, March 31, 2022

a high arch
where the tree tops meet
each time a sense
of passage
to the other side

Temple - The British Haiku Society Members' Anthology 2021

half awake
holding on
for a few more moments
to the comfort
of a dream

slicing apples
as light fades
something soothing
in the rhythm
of the knife

the garden
that I walked in
at noon
all the colours gone
by mid-afternoon

Blithe Spirit Vol. 32 No.1 February 2022

that summer
long before we knew
which of us
would not be here
to look back

a box of things
that bring back memories
the curious
she sent in letters

ritual cleansing
and respectful distance
how many years
before we forget
why we do this?

Presence Issue 71 November 2021

Friday, September 03, 2021

passing clouds
brighten and darken
the morning sky
seeming to mock
his mood swings

having washed
the dirty dishes
I feel
so much better
about the world

this summer
this distancing
sparrow chirps
louder than the sound
of human voices

Blithe Spirit Vol 31 Issue 3 August 2021

Sunday, August 15, 2021

no likeness
in their faces
but from behind
the shape of their ears
is identical

children running
in spring sunshine
the parents walk
and their parents
sit hidden in the shade

the hesitancy
in his steps
a neighbour says
he has aged ten years
in the last one

Presence 70 July 2021