I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

Some of these poems are autobiographical, some are entirely fictional, and some are a mixture of both. The intention is art rather than self-expression. I don't allow factual details to get in the way of poetry! (I do seek emotional truth.) They are works in progress, and may be subject to revision without notice. Completed versions appear in my books. Nevertheless copyright applies to all texts found here. Copyright also applies to almost all photos posted here, most of which are my own, though a few are licensed under Creative Commons.
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3 March 2010

Streetlamp and moonlight: haiku for February 2010

the long drive home
lit by the long dusk
of deep summer


cat-shrieks outside
then my girl on the top step
calmly alone


streetlamp and moonlight
palm trees clear against the dark
the neighbours asleep


the whole street sleeps
except me up late
writing haiku


'The streets are water'
they always said of Venice,
but I walked the lanes.


rain leaves us humid
wet with perspiration
needing a shower


cool evening
after the humid day
stinging insects


it plays in my mind
all day, that lonely music
I heard in a dream


the cats are quiet
the man sleeps and I’m restless
in the white noise hush



  1. like the cool evening one.
    do you know this site?

  2. hello Rosemary!

    There are very few Australian haiku bloggers (to my knowledge) so Im thrilled to find your site.

    I am going to add a link to my site "Australian Haiku". If you know of other Australian haiku sites, please drop by and leave a comment.


    Emma Dalloway

  3. Many thanks to you both, Pearl and Emma. Only just discovered your kind comments, as I haven't checked this page lately — just in time for your link, Pearl!

    Emma, I'll link to your lovely site too.