July 10, 2010 | Haikus – 5

Grass striped east-west by tree-trunk shadows
- black, on golden green
parallel till 6 with the runners’ paths

As usual, one single parakeet
Flies zig-zagging, from North to South,
at 0 eight hundred.

Then two more –
They must be chattering
As they go…


June 1, 2010 | More haikus - missile defences

Missile defences. The response?
More missiles built; more threats;
more preparations for cyber war.

Missile defences
Coupled with pre-emption – a perfectly
offensive game.

Missile defence: the big boys’
Game, costing far more than
internet pornography.


May 20, 2010 | Haikus – 4

The sun on my eyelids
Next door the noise of splashing water
Your bath

No movement of the air
Is time passing?

On the window-glass
Rain drops slewed by the wind,
Between me and the park trees

Like sour milk on the boil
White clouds fill the sky


May 13, 2010 | Haikus - 3

In the great trees, the sun
reflects off the few leaves it strokes, it is gone.
I am thinking; thoughts

The sky’s three layers of cloud are all moving:
Beneath them, the trees, birdlike, twitter;
A soft wind

At the base of the tree,
Air moves three leaves: they gleam.
Six feet above, beside, below –
Nothing stirs. Suddenly, all glitters.


April 30, 2010 | Haikus – 2

Grey again. The rooks
no longer discuss
last year’s nest

April: two warm days:
forty four different kinds of green:
blackthorn white

a look at the last coffee in my cup,
squinting down,
a vorticist pattern

Yellow and green: the cement mixer’s
Grey-beige stuff poured into a container and lifted
high up by a crane.


Grey again. The rooks

no longer discuss

last year’s [...]


April 15, 2010 | Haikus - 1

A bare tree
An old nest of twigs and bark:
two rooks considering it.