Tourist Senryu

One of the interesting things about travelling is watching other people, other tourists, how we/they behave in another country, how they/we re-act in crowded or rural situations …

tourists . . .                                             IMG_4220 tourists snapping
the cows turn
to watch us

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suitcases
against my knees
the smell of sweat

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heat haze
tourists swap cameras
to smile at each other

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Things Forgotten

I’m sure we all have a drawer or cupboard where we dump things we
don’t want to part with for one reason or another. I have a drawer
where I put ‘things that I may need’, stuff ‘to be dealt with later’,
and odd treasures …

THINGS FORGOTTEN

in my top desk drawer:                                                          IMG_9137.blog
expired passport stamped for Mexico and France
cracked wooden alto recorder
five dried up fabric paints
a blank 90-minute tape
unused cutter-set for block printing
1945 autograph album full of scribbles
six empty film cassettes
metal twist puzzle
and eight unpaid bills

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first published in ‘Ink Sweat and Tears’

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9781771333054_FC ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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Company

Sometimes I sit in the garden and do nothing but listen
to whoever is around, wonder at their busyness, contemplate
infinity or the spinning of a spider. Enough for a quiet afternoon …

 

RUMOURS                                               IMG_9140.blog

a party of blue jays
descends on hazel-nut trees
while I listen to the gossip
from a murder of crows

yellow finches at the feeder
a meandering trail of ants
while the busyness of flies
disturbs my relaxed afternoon

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Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Deserted House

There are so many old houses, particularly on the prairies. They have stories in them, questions about who lived there, how their lives were governed by the landscape. Did they move out? what made them change their way of living, where did the people go? What voices speak in the empty rooms? …

DESERTED HOUSE

lives moved out                                    ruined barn PA 2.blog
left grey walls
and echoes

leaves drifted
through broken glass

nails rusted
boards slipped

cameras came
to fix decay
on paper

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first published in The Prairie Journal

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my scans - after 18 112 coverTo Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Shadows senryu

I’ve always been intrigued by shadows, how short or long they are, the way they reflect the object, make it different, create odd shapes, how different they appear from what they cling to …

 

geometry lesson –                           IMG_9070..4.16.13. shadows.blog
sunlit angles
on deck

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winding road
by the lake –
an osprey

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sunset
the shadows of a man
a woman and their dog

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9781771333054_FC‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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Losing the Thread

Family gabfests are apt to range swiftly from one topic to another: memories shared;
a touch at politics; who is doing what, when, and where. An endless discussion that
leaps from math to kids to computers to books …

LOSING THE THREAD                            012.6.29.12.mexican cats, clay.blog

our conversation moves
from stool to rocking chair
picks up trailing fingers

curls over one son’s head
then weaves arabesques of laughter
over the coffee table

until it drops into a cave
under the chesterfield
to be eaten by cats

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first published in Hammered

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Frame and the McGuireNEW! Frame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Faint on the Sky

Evenings at this time of year can be magic. We are framed in stillness,listening to
sounds of birds settling, watching the swift change of light, aware of the quiet earth …

FAINT ON THE SKY

a whisper of sound
passes like smoke
from one hill to the next                            mist on L.omar_4738..12.18.11
where I catch

catch the fall of evening
paint it on the lake
watch colours smooth each ripple

here I am reflected
on the western edge
framed by bulrushes

a mallard ebbs
into shadow
a minnow frightens
the last ripple

I steal into cold
listening
to the slip of water
about my feet
the brush of wind in reeds
the crackle of starlight

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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