gogyohka for a summer meadow

For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge. Yesterday was the first day this summer the thermometre topped 100°F (38°C°) but the flowers are still blooming.


ctas ears and chicory

after hay-making

chicory and cats’ ears scatter colour

across the ocean green

fragments of sky

drops of sunlight


chicory and cat's ears



For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge. The sturgeon, another creature we prize so highly we’re wiping it from the face of the earth. We don’t have a sturgeon moon here, but we do apparently have the last remaining population of European sturgeon living in our river Garonne. Numbers reduced to below sustainable levels, and since 2012 young sturgeon have been released in an attempt to prevent the population disappearing altogether. We’ll have to wait another 5-10 years to find out if the action has been successful as sturgeon don’t reach reproductive age for 12-20 years. The lucky ones can live up to 100 years. If we leave them alone.


For a million years

in tepid deeps then rivers cool

in balance with tooth beak and claw

the sturgeon waits

for the inescapable nets.

Haiku challenge: Beauty & Quiet

A gogyohka sequence in response to Ronovan’s weekly prompt.


quiet fills the spaces

between leaf and stream

water and dragonfly wing

flight and leaf

hushed beauty


not silence

because who has heard silence?

Listen hard

and you will hear the breath

of a rose


light drips

hues of sunlight

caught in cupped petals

paint a rose

with beauty


and when dark falls

who would dare call quiet silver

less beautiful

than the vibrant colours

of the sun?