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')

This blog is not, 'Here are my very best poems'. It's for work in progress, subject to revision.
Posts may be updated without notice at any time. Completed work appears in my books.

1 January 2011

Non-stop rain here: tanka/gogyohka December 2010

non-stop rain here
the weeks of her dying there
too far away
I say my goodbyes in thought
listening to the rain fall


I make poetry
first thing in the morning
instead of breakfast.
Is a hungry husband
worth my fulfilment?


I’ve become prone
to silly misjudgments
since my friend died:
arriving late or early,
locking myself outside ...


Early light.
A magpie warbles
down the road.
No-one is out yet
but birds in our street.


Rainy morning
after rainy weeks.
‘How is X?’
he asks, long away.
I list all the deaths.



  1. a nice selection of tanka / gogyokha

    Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you, and the same to you. :)