Saturday, 27 June 2009

off his mum's bowling
the boy runs to field
his own on-drive

Friday, 19 June 2009

a few bars of a song
I haven't heard for years...
screeching swifts

Friday, 12 June 2009

The Painted Ladies' Invasion

It commences with a mass emergence
from the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
Two months later they cross the sierras
en route to Gascogne and Pas de Calais,
where, like William the Bastard, they launch
their invasion on favourable winds

over La Manche towards Ditchling Beacon
and on, via chalk escarpments,
glinting their reddish-orange as they go,
streaming in many thousands to settle
on heathland rich in nettle and thistle,
viper’s-bugloss, burdock and other treats,

or railwayside allotments where they
alight on Granddad’s nascent runner beans.
Their caterpillars, or those which survive,
metamorphose in flash flood or heatwave
and congregate along the Pilgrims’ Way
for take-off homeward to the Berber lands.

Friday, 5 June 2009

There's a new issue of Shamrock out and it's also worth checking out the new online haiku journal, Notes From the Gean.
catching up:
the cadence of the runner
behind me