Archives for the month of: March, 2015

Chalk headland,

A block breaks away –

France-bound ferry.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

A chequered board –

In the hands of great men,

Pawns await their fate.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: Chess


Pierced –

This entangled heart

Floats no more.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem Writing Techniques (Freestyle)


In the tractor’s wake,

Seagulls fish for worms.

The earth ripples.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: Writing techniques (I’ve chosen comparison)

The sea’s eddies

Carved in periwinkle shells

All along the shore.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: Snails


Spring equinox –

Greeted by solar eclipse

And full cloud cover.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: Higan (equinox).

Yes, today we had three amazing astronomical phenomena coinciding – the Spring equinox, a near-total eclipse of the sun and a supermoon. And thanks to the British weather, we couldn’t see a thing. Oh well, at least we didn’t go blind and there are only 11 years till the next “deep partial” eclipse.



Hangs her heavy head

At spring’s passing.


Text (c) Jackie Le Poidevin

An odd one to post on the Spring equinox, but I’m catching up as usual and this is for Carpe Diem: Melancholy. Keats told readers of his Ode on Melancholy to “glut thy sorrow… on the wealth of globed peonies”. I certainly do every time ours flower and I realise I’ve forgotten to stake them again and they flop on the ground.


The beautiful photo is by Hugo Díaz-Regañón.

The haiga was written for Carpe Diem: Windmill, following yesterday’s announcement on BBC News that the bones of Miguel de Cervantes have been found buried under a convent in Madrid, 400 years after his death. His creation, the chivalrous knight, Don Quixote, famously tried to fight the windmills of La Mancha, believing they were giants.

Quest for bones fulfilled –

Bare arms reaching silently,

La Mancha’s giants.


Text (c) Jackie Le Poidevin

One little cloud –

Daring to block out

The entire sun.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

cormorants umbrella

Closed umbrella,

Opening umbrella –

Pair of cormorants.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: Repetition