HAIKU – another fifty-one


walking now where
those who passed the café window
walked ten minutes ago

*

from the train window
glimpses of village streets
I shall never tread

*

brief conversation
at breakfast during which
a whole life is aired

*

longing
for the fountains that play
in other people’s gardens

(Fernando Pessoa)

*

today a colony
of rooks has moved into
the tall sycamore

*

a raven
pecking at red apples
high above the valley

(at Woodchester 16th August 2010)

*

blackbirds sing
for rain and four dogs
all swap seats

*

details
—less clear across the valley
than they used to be

*

sitting by a peacock
slumped in a garden tub
—sunshine & mountains

*

they defend their beliefs
while I just
look at clouds

*

the judge makes neat points;
the audience thinks
of everything else

*

an argument about
the dates of bad behaviour
itself not addressed

*

a double whisky—
as though it could heal
anything

*

all night the moon moves
round my library
book by book

*

wanting the strength
to believe that life
is after all so fragile

*

I teach my father
how to interpret
the death notes he left

*

—what’s this? she asks
my discordant musical choice
stops her in her tracks

*

long midnight
owl
in my empty dream-garden

*

a few yards of sand
where my path used to stretch on
for mile after mile

*

focus dwindling
but still
Eroica

*

on the brink—
watching ravens flap
across the abyss

*

the last time
in this house seems
not unlike the first

*

striving to outline
the shape of my feeling
I fall back on houses

*

so much yet to do—
the gathering up of notes
in the dawn

*

stripping away
the superfluous on rising—
blackbird’s warning

*

blue sky & clouds—
sunlight on silver birches
at the hospital gates

*

the morning after
the endoscopy I raise
my arms to the sun

*

if you listen
to the sound you may miss
the music

(George Ives to his son Charles)

*

fresh ploughed sods
silver-sided
facing a silver sky

*

if childhood is ended
I can no longer be
loved

*

when the water
is still it can
know itself

(Claudio Naranjo)

*

what is there between
one thought
and another?

(ditto)

*

the mind becomes
peaceful when you
don’t mess with it

(ditto)

*

a soft breeze
swaying curtains
with regret

*

dust-motes in sunlight
now day is done—
the leftovers

*

In a Hospital January 2011

dredging
the old man’s chest
to make room for a milk-shake

*

polishing the floor
after a night
of bedlam

*

Razumovsky One
repeating
in my dreams

*

bare branches
through the hospital window
a flight of gulls

*

infinite care
for the legless man
fading away

*

shouting
in Italian
at the unresponsive night

*

Antonio
rearranges his bedding
over and over again

*

the unbearable
lightness of nurses
at their tasks

*

at their interview
lady consultants—chosen
for their looks?

*

morning light
a release from
fitful sleep

*

a long rest cure—
opening the first page
of a five-volume novel

*

at night Antonio
comes alive
pacing the corridors

*

the surgeon
who will cut me open
becomes a friend

*

Interval

the tortoiseshell cat
moves from the heat of the fire
to stretch out elsewhere

*

there was a change—
something she had been
quick to notice

(The Furys: James Hanley)

*

a Haydn string quartet—
three cats stretched
before a log fire

 

To end of 7/5/10 – 8/2/11 Notebook

6 thoughts on “HAIKU – another fifty-one

  1. Walking now where
    those who passed the cafe window
    walked ten minutes ago

    While driving a car I happened upon this thought too. It occured to me that the space where my head was now had just been occupied by the driver in the car in front…. what would I gain from the intimate sharing of those coordinates so recently vacated?

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  2. Loved them all!

    Laughed out loud at “polishing the floor”

    “if childhood is ended”

    still loved
    for the child I see
    behind the undergrowth

    “what is there between”

    gap between thoughts
    the long
    and short of it

    “at their interview”

    her long legged consultant
    at the next bed
    style over incontinence

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  3. Book haiku

    You can add a haiku description in the “Haiku summary” field on every LibraryThing work page. The @LibraryThing Twitter account sometimes posts these with the hashtag #bookhaiku.

    Other LibraryThing haiku can be found here.

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