Friday, September 24, 2010

Pond Skaters

flat plate pool
in a guddling, gurgling burn
pond-skaters conga

Sunday, May 16, 2010


It's a long way
from Glasgow to Tucson
friendship blossoms.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lesson #3 : The Fragment and Phrase Theory.

It appears that a haiku must be divided into two sections - what JR calls “the fragment” and “the phrase" - and should only be as long as one breath, although it takes two to speak correctly. There needs to be a syntactical break separating the verse into two distinct divisions, and it pays to be aware of which two lines you wish to make into the phrase.

Here I have made the first two lines "the phrase", although it can also be the the second two lines. It also appears often to me that the haiku is cyclical where the last line returns the reader back to the beginning:

sta'nin shoulder-to-shoulder
cauld March blast

I also notice that haiku's do not start lines with capitals as with most other poetry. Very inscrutable!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Long-tailed Tits

Long-tailed Tits
short-term visit
constant companions

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Lessons #1 and #2

With my head full of little poetic gems I considered it would be a skoosh writing three line poems with an air of Scottish mystery. Only to find I hadn't a clue.

With the birth of my new wee grandson and the huge feelings of joy filling my heart I thought I could just produce these expressions of love as easy as fa'ing aff a bus:

dark damp hair
wee petted lip
just like his grand-faither.

Like looking in a mirror
lying in my airms
his DNA is certain.

I meet him
for the very first time
grand-faither, grand-son.

Bonny baby boy
my ain wee china

Somethings not right. I turn to Jane Reichhold's "Writing and Enjoying Haiku" which just arrived in the post yesterday.

And she says right at the start that there are four things to do before writing Haiku:
1. Learn how to read Haiku.
2. Know why you want to write Haiku.
3. Be ready to change your ideas of Poetry, and
4. Find out what Haiku is.

I only know what I have already seen and it has such a powerful attraction to me.
I certainly know why I want to write Haiku: living in and capturing the moment.
I have already changed my idea of what poetry is.
I know I need to study the form lots more than I have so far.

But the two principal lessons I have learned already through Jane Reichhold is, firstly Haiku is purely about what the author observes, not about "telling others what I think or how I feel, or believe or wish to have thought as reality" and "putting away of personal pronouns" which are "ego-inflating.
This is fantastically liberating.

The second lesson for today is to learn humility since the Haiku poems are "gifts" - they come through you, but are not yours.

Try again:

Cadmium orange
peels away
juicy sun-kiss.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Early March
Snow on the ground
Still waiting for baby.