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Viva Caledonia: Haiku by Alan Spence
 
'Gates of Enlightenment' (extract)
by
Peter de Moncey-Conegliano

'Cruthni I'  2007 Artist
'Cruthni I' by Calum Colvin

haiku

 

half-closing my eyes
to see the flowers
more clearly

*

at the temple gate
in concentrated silence
the stone lion roars

*

white mare in the rain,
placid, feeding
her guzzling foal

*

why this? why that?
all night the rain
on fallen leaves

*

indian summer -
the great bull
lying on his side

*

this other element -
swimming in the sea
in the rain

*

the sea at night
wave after wave
out of the dark

*

it fades, it fades,
the last light
of the year

*

jetlagged in japan -
forgetting, remembering
who I am

*

washed up on the shore
an empty bottle
no message

*

middle of the night
the traffic lights changing
for no-one

*

checking the calendar
to make sure, but
yes, the moon's full!

*

the cold rain
falls even harder
under the bridge

*

all day downpour -
flooded gutters,
stink of blocked drains

*

in the middle
of the funeral,
the child's laugh

*

dog on the roof
of his kennel
barking at the day

*

another birthday -
never mind the cold,
fling the window open!

*

bright winter morning -
how simple it all seems,
how clear

*

and my life too
is passing: evening light
on the far mountains

*

morning meditation
breathe in / breathe out
waves on the shore

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