Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Watched kettle never
boils... watched cell phone never rings...
where's that text message?


Monday, June 29, 2015

A school assignment
torns to shreds on carriage floor
formal unlearning.

Chris Gill

It feel so cold here
But it warms me to know it's
worse in Canberra


St. Partrick's Church, Chicago

Make a joyful noise
melody and harmony
sing those Gospel songs


Haiku 5 Day Challenge 5

Day 1.
Book of Kells Exhibition, Dublin

skilled in word and deed
turning darkness into light
Pangus confronts him

Day 2.
President Obama at Charleston funeral

a church full of grief
the President mourned with them
t'was amazing grace.

Day 3.
Sunday in Chicago

a day filled with song
church, theatre and lounge room
such rich harmony

Day 4.

woken by my dreams
Nico Geoffrey Jannekke
Perhaps I'm homesick

Day 5.

my Travelsim blues
sorted Facebook and U tube
a silver lining

Leah Billeam
Trying now to make
international phone calls
G.d. foreign sim

Wish I didn't go
looking; now all I see
your pic in hi-res.

Ian Row

Sunday, June 28, 2015

such a long battle
and it came down 5 to 4
equal dignity

Leah Billeam
Hidden gin bottle
in the baptismal font...
all kinds of Spirit


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Feeling healthy but
ancient...  just what do I mean...
I mean the long view


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Frosty morns, cold days.
Layers of clothes off and on.
Winter can rack off.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Ceiling fan details
sunlight through Venetian blinds
resting a back back


Haiku 5 Day Challenge 4

Day 1.

When I treadmill jog
My skeleton takes off first
Skin's a beat behind

Day 2.

The tiger's shoulders
Rise and fall like cardboard waves
In a pantomime

Day 3.

These are my children
They both look like their father
Sometimes it's lonely

Day 4.

So many Yodas
Busking, appearing to float, no

Day 5.

How to make it clear?
Worry is not the same as 
Disappointment. child

Alison Lester

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The new USB
Don't ask and you don't receive
It's Christmas in June

Ian Row

Friday, June 19, 2015

Haiku 5 Day Challenge 3 - A Collective

hearts break to open
so you choose Love even when
Love doesn't choose you

Dawn Mok


pack, unpack
seals break, facilitating

Dawn Mok

Close behind bare trees
shiny grey - my steps disturb
the sky on the ground

Chris Gill

Whatever happens.
Still the bird will sing. Voices
in the soft morning.

Sarah Rae

Sitting in my room
Thinking about the future
Soon to be sixty

William Schoen

should I sit up front
or in the back? split second
uber etiquette

Dawn Mok

What's all that racket?
I forgot to feed the cat
Sometimes it happens

Ian Row

Monday, June 15, 2015

Haiku 5 Day Challenge 2

Day 1

Haiku every day
for five days... how frightening
Leah, you're up next

Day 2

"When did I write all
this stuff in a long life of
never writing?"

*inspired by a poetry reading by American poet, Louise Gluck

Day 3

Make my enemy
a sword of gold... but give me 
forged and sharpened steel

*inspired by Alexander the Great

Day 4

No real value 
crystal... not precious gemstones
magnifying glass

Day 5

Chris with pirate eyes
and earrings... protector of 
that beautiful girl


Haiku 5 Day Challenge 1

Day 1.

Filtering through cloud
Like light through Venetian blinds
Sunrise takes it time

Day 2.

All year round tree sleeves
This is a nice neighbourhood
No possums allowed

Day 3.

The traffic curls past
No one cares for the dead cat
Inside, a boy wakes...

Day 4
Dream in wide format
No sordid details were spared
People I don't know

Day 5.

That there will be 
more of us and less of them 
is the white man's fear

Ian Row

Friday, June 12, 2015

A twinset about small talk

Small talk
with the guy from HR
I'm on auto

Ian Row

This weekend's footy,
the kid's school concert, home life:
Banal office chat.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A twinset about seagulls

One legged seagull
set to starve unless we stage
an intervention

Ian Row

Tiny gulls severe
limbs for sympathy and chips
Don't be taken in.


Sunday, June 07, 2015

A good night haiku for you

'The warm bed beckons
The night an endless canvas
The mind rides the stars.'

Ramon Loyola
Source: The Internet

Friday, June 05, 2015

Rest meant to restore myself
Need more ZING! here please


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

A simple 'thank you'
honest and heartfelt, dismissed
A lesson unlearned

Ian Row
An unopened letter
houses a public secret
that's just between us

Ian Row

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

8 friggin degrees
Alpaca blanket beats half
hearted split system

Ian Row

Monday, June 01, 2015

Calendar haiku: June 2015

Swaying, swaying,
as springtime goes away - look -
in the fields, the grasses!

Issa (1763 - 1828)

Drying Yuzen at Katsura River by
Kotozuka Eiichi (1906 - 1979)