Haiku

blackbird song
the old cat retches
on the threshold

the western light
dissolves into whiteness—
kittiwake cries

winter tapas
the waiter helps himself
to leftovers

(all from The Regulars)

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larch leaves
swish the brown–blue river
the dale’s breadth

from the dark wood:
the sound of last week’s snow
sliding off pines

the white colonnade
washed by ocean light—
vinegar wind

(all from The Lammas Lands)

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cold rain
my son and I thank the driver
at the same time

(from Off the Beaten Track)

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the soft song
of the poplar-tops—
swans in flight

the moon all but full I plump for the slow train

January night
the ambers of marmalade
held up to the light

(all published in Presence)