Friday, December 21, 2012

Shouting Curses Up A Lane: A Christmas Visitor, 1940

Shouting Curses Up A Lane: A Christmas Visitor, 1940: by PJ Heneghan In the old days for us kids every Christmas spent in Tralee was wonderful.  I was six years old when our family in 1933 left...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

marble haiku

clouds ripple
the midnight sky
marble moon


smoking rubbish
gypsies gather
beneath tarpaulin

Autumn/Winter dental visits in Germany

I have the a view of a lovely garden from the dental chair and each visit, it changes.

Visit 1

dental visit
swirling leaves tumble
from the silver birch

Visit 2

dental visit
the silver birch

Visit 3

November day
on the garden table
a cloth of gold

German haiku

misty mornings
clouds envelop
the day

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Living on a Song

Walking into my kitchen
weighed down with shopping,
the radio was rocking out Supertramp,
sun streaming in
I dropped my bags
and sang along
feet tapping
hands in the air
as I recalled
when “Give a Little Bit”
was a new soundtrack,
it was my song
and I was just
a young thing.

I recalled a skinny blonde
facile and free,
rushing across Oliver Plunkett Street
on a warm summer’s evening,
in the door of the Teach Beag
laughter, music and craic
in the far corner,
the Cailíní gearing up
for a night on the town,
opportunity knocking
the future but a hum
living on a song.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

dentist (extractions/leaves)

dental work
Autumn leaves tumble
from the silver birch 

Mushroom haiku

amid fallen leaves
mushrooms embrace
foggy November

Monday, November 5, 2012

November dew haiku

frosty sunshine
on damp November days
dew drops glisten

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Autumn haiku

a gust
of falling leaves
November blaze

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November haiku

frosty morning
amid fallen apples
rime coated leaves

dark/light haiku

train emerges
from the tunnel
light so bright

tunnel haiku

squinting light
the train trundles
from a dark tunnel

October haiku

October dusk
street lamps glow
on Autumn leaves

Late Autumn haiku

rusty tracks
the rush of the train
through open country

October haiku

the train burrows
through darkness

October dusk haiku

October dusk
a strip of lights
dance the headland

cafe senyru

scrape of knive
on china plate
breakfast cafe

motorway haiku

October sun
on the motorway
gleam of cars

haiku silver sea

clouds parting
the silver shine
on the sea

Autumn haiku

Autumn sun
streaks the fields
a village glows

Sunday, October 21, 2012

White Walls - Free write

Stark white walls
amid lush green hills,
glitters of blue
through tall tree tops

where butterflies swing
on a twist of cloud,
skipping beneath the breeze.
Chiffon wings flap
like sheets on a line,
higher and higher they go.

Behind the walls
my love strokes my hair
weaving it into wicker.                   
Whistling, he plies
with tangles of curls
snaking them into a river
that hooks to a slice of sky.

The sky splits in six
stars tumble in thousands
cradling a molten moon.
I spread myself wide
as sun warmed butter,
gentled by his touch.
With a cushion of moss
beneath my nape
he plaits me to the walls.

Mmc © July 2012

Slices of Autumn

At Avondale House and Gardens 2012

From dark canopies of Sycamore
to wide grassy lawns,
along a gravel path
down cement steps
to a country cafe.

Beneath vaulted ceilings
of broad triangles,
rotund pine tables
by open sash windows.
Spent carnations
in earthenware vases
strong tea, white cups
hot apple tart and cream.
Crack in a jug,
milk circles intersect
on the wooden surface.
Sunlight cups a silver spoon
slices of life reflect in a knife.

In the gardens
pine and copper beech
brush a vast day.
Swallows loop long grassy banks
on a wing of sky.
A cherry blossom tangles
through an old lilac,
family roots of trees
in soft mossy beds.
Rush of a rusty river
over foam filled rocks,
birdsong through my fingers
warbles on my page.

Head in a leather bag
rosy pink lady
crunching along
an Indian Summer.

The Vulnerable Railway Station

Helen’s workshop  (a feeling and a place) - describe it without using the word vulnerable or similar words.

Writers weekend, September 14 – 16, 2012

The Vulnerable Railway Station

in a concrete platform,
lines of wooden benches
empty, decaying.
Overhanging trees
shadow rusty train tracks
down to a distant sea.

The old Railway house
a crumbling ruin,
graffiti scars the walls,
empty wine bottles whirl
wind- blown litter
clogging the gutters.
Autumn leaves
curl crooked corners

A place
lost in time,
open only to the elements
and the ravages
of another winter.

Haiga published by Yellow House 2012

10 in total - click on the link above.

All art work and haiku within are mine!!

Haiga published in Lynx October 2012

after a deluge
a prism of light
in a raindrop

haiga Asters

yellow centres
of asters
october sun

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

haiku Autumn

lakeside walk
swans glide
through clouds

wet Autumn
raindrops drip
from the washing line

whirr of wind
around my ears
sea squall

October haiku (sunny day)

sips the sun
October noon

fuchsia bells
ring in Autumn
October day

dead heading
rambling rose
cobwebs glitter

orange beak
of the oyster catcher
October sun

lupin seeds split
in October sunshine
Indian Summer

fallen leaves
primroses in bloom

Indian summer
new lavender buds

yellow centres
of purple asters
October sun

October sunshine
candles lean crooked
in the window

hydrangea haiku

October day
fading into itself

For Rachel

plane landing
our life
just took off

under the bridge
dark shadows
of parting

windy day
holding on
to her hugs

wind-blown photo
my scarf
around her neck

sent presentation with autumn haiga on these ones. Cannot upload a presentation here!!

weeping willow haiku Sella House Hotel

the weeping willow
dew drop tears

UK Countryside drive haiku

parting clouds
golden rays
on hay bales

chimney stacks
from old textile mills
patchwork fields

sloping fell
of heath lands
Autumn day

moody sky
driving up
and down hills

autumn winds
west facing trees

through floods
country upside-down

roads rise
into the mountains
fields of sky

mist veils the day

sheep circle
a flood of clouds
hill climbing

descends the mountains
sky torn lake

vague outline
of mountains
russet forest

wet October
the countryside
autumn brown

hills meet
at the Ash forest
flame Autumn

dry stone walls
stagger fields
sheep roam free

autumn hedgerows
Ash saplings

on wet motorway
gleam of cars

red rose county
scarlet berries
of Rowan trees

Visit to Huddersfield 8 October to see Rachel

chimney stacks
on the lower dales
misty mountains

as we approach the hills
fog lifting

misty morning
fields on the moors

motorway exit
sat nav

hearts skip
in the shopping mall
two lattes

rosy dusk
a girly day
in Huddersfield

plane flashes
into the sunset
a year's journey shared

dusk swirls
with a pink sunset
her warm embrace

starlit night
the lake caressed
by soft mountains

mountain road
hedgerows look down
on the sea

corkscrew roads
hedges curve
to the sea

a scatter of stars
above dark beech trees
Autumn night

Tanka at Sella House Hotel, UK October 2012

crisp autumn morning
blue skies and birdsong
fill the walled garden
leaves lambent
in October light

haiku night trembles

Published on 16 October 2012 by

a snow lily
lifts her face to the moon
night trembles

Monday, August 27, 2012

Haiga window painting

window open
to summer feet bared
curtains dance

EDP publication hydrangea haiku

blowzy hydrangea
amid withered heads
a pink bud

Love Surfs the Waves EDP Publication

Wrapped in the warmth of a June night
under the light of scintillating stars,
you point to the Milky Way,
my gaze follows yours
as I catch the moon in your eyes.
We walk hand in hand on the beach,
our whispers sprinkle the dim light.
Your smooth embrace tickles my face,
tumbles my hair,
tingles my toes
beneath an ebony sky.
The candy-sweet scent of Valerian *
weaves with the salty sea breeze.
It entangles our love,
unravels it
in the pulse of the waves
and binds us forever
in the surging surf.
*Valerian is a hardy perennial with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers which bloom in the summer months.

Everydaypoets publication Summer 2011

Everydaypoets publication Spring 2012

spring winds
my cherry tree blossoms
in neighbour's gardens

Notes From the Gean publication March 2012

El Teide
almond blossoms circle
snow peaks

Lynx Haiku publication June 2012 published

the stars
hold more meaning

 Máire Morrissey-Cummins

her old cane
leans by the door
once an oak tree

Máire Morrissey-Cummins

the font on my laptop
Máire Morrissey-Cummins

A Hundred Gourds June 2012 published haiku

Link to publication June 2012 

kissing his forehead
for the last time
snow on the mountains

space Máire Morrissey-Cummins - Ireland 
spring rains
each drop a window
to the sky

space Máire Morrissey-Cummins - Ireland

Published haiku in Sketchbook July 2012

summer sunshine
windows in the city

powder tresses
of acacia blooms
yellow moon

Moselle valley
leaves unfurl
on the grapevine

from the monastery
evening stillness

cumulus clouds
form castles in the sky
summer noon

after a downpour
scents the twilight

ancient city
buildings curve
new pavements

hand motionless
over a box of popcorn

thickens the waiting room
the clock stutters

illuminates a slate roof
thunder clouds loom

coal fires burn
smoking the city skies
pale moon

dawn chorus
birdsong competes
with his snoring

jets chalk
a cross in the sky
church bells toll

summer stroll
my shadow ahead
competes with me

wet woodland
footprints overlap
on the forest trail

Sketchbook Kukai Clouds July 2012 published

Link to all kukai

Two of mine came joint 7th place

sheets on the line
shape the breeze
billowing clouds

# 25. Maire Morrissey-Cummins, Ireland
2501247th Place Tie

her dreams drift
into billowing clouds
castles in the air

# 57. Maire Morrissey-Cummins, Ireland

5702047th Place Tie

published Sketchbook July 2012

Link to all of the Wedding haiku thread by all haijin

winter wedding
steps to her future
etched in virgin snow

Below haiku was mentioned in the Editors Choice with the significance of Lilac in wedding bouquets

lilac dawn
gathering a bouquet
for the bride

haiga calm

cotton calm morning
boats on the harbour
perfect reflections

haiga published Sketchbook July 2012

haiga published Sketchbook July 2012

of empty pages
a year of sunsets

haiga overlap

dark woodland
footsteps overlap 
on the trail

Published in Sketchbook in July 2012

haiga morning glory

morning glory
bloom at dawn
die at dusk

published by Sketchbook haiga July 2012

haiga hay fields

hay harvest
fields of wrapped summers
rolled up for winter

haiga stormy

stormy beach
leaning into the wind
rollers crash the rocks

haiga pine

after the rain
scent of pine

Haiga snails

on the garden chair
silver trails shimmer
May sunshine

wreath haiku

lily wreath
his name card
flies in the wind

paint haiku

bridge crossing
a rainbow
paints the sky

Friday, July 13, 2012

lilac dawn

  lilac dawn
gathering bouquets
of poetry


aube lilas
cueillant des bouquets 
de poésie

zori liliachii –
culegând buchete 
de poezie

hand haiku prompt

mysterious hand

banqueters stare

in terror

main mystérieuse

les invités au banquetre

gardent avec terreur

mâna misterioasă 

invitaţii la banchet

privesc cu groază

Rembrandt :
Le Festin de Balthazar,1635

roses prompt picture

gathering roses
a handsome visitor
in the drawing room

cueillant des roses -
un charmant visiteur
dans le salon

culegând trandafiri –
un musafir încântător
în salon

Winslow Homer
The four leafed clover

Apple blossoms

apple blossoms
the tart taste
of Autumn

fleurs de pommier –
le goût de la tarte

flori de măr –
cu gustul toamnei

Nicolae Grigorescu : Flori de măr

Orange haiku

orange trees
hang heavy with fruit
sweet scent of blossoms

lourds de fruits 
les orangers s’inclinent -
douce odeur des fleurs

încărcaţi cu fructe 
portocalii se-apleacă -
mirosul dulce-al florilor

André Derain 
Mountains at Collioure, 1905

dance picture prompt

 red passion
they dance to the rhythm
of summer winds

passion rouge
ils dansent au rythme
du vent estival

Henri Matisse
The Dance

summer dusk

summer dusk
farm animals gather
by the river trail

crépuscule d’ été -
le bétail de la ferme se rassemble
près du sentier de la rivière

seară de vară –
vitele fermei se-adună
pe cărarea dinspre râu.

Asher B. Durand
The Solitary Oak

painting prompt haiku

he stokes the fire
at sunset
night glows

il attise le feu
a coucher de soleil
rougeoiement de la nuit 

el aţâţă focul –
înainte de apus 
aprinderea nopţii

The Philosopher in Meditation

kiss haiku

in rain drenched streets
lovers kiss

dans les rues trempées de pluie
baiser des amoureux

David G. Gaul
Wet Kiss

Hazy moon haiku

hazy moon
silhouette ships drift
the harbour mouth

lune floue
les silhouettes des bateaux dérivent
dans la rade du port

lună estompată
în derivă, siluetele vapoarelor 
în rada portului 

From Virginia's prompt

John Atkinson Grimshaw
Nightfall on the Thames

Thursday, July 12, 2012

sunrise haiku 12 July 2012

apricot sunrise
a blazing sun
gilds the sea

a gold path
links two countries
amber dawn

a halo of light
circles the sea
golden dawn