Archives for category: summer

Dancer rests

Tulle glittering

Dragonfly

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin 

A dawn spider
Flying between the daisies
On strands of sunlight
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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Passing ice-cream van –
On suburban washing lines
Summer dresses dance.
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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Still it is light

Yet the rock rose petals lie

Already scattered.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Longest day

Wildflowers in the shingle

Scent of broom.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Linked to Carpe Diem Summer solstice

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Just we two,

Suspended in our small world,

One hot afternoon.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: companionship.

I was thinking when I wrote this of the second stanza of John Donne’s The Good-Morrow:

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love, all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown,
Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one.

Commuter-belt home –

Family of house martins

Resides mortgage-free.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: House

The coat of arms of East Sussex is six gold martlets (stylised house martins or swallows) on a red background, with a  silver wavy line representing the coastal boroughs of Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, and a Saxon crown. They look like pigeons to me but there you go.

 

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Sussex artist Mark Greco’s illustration of house martins, on the other hand, is lovely –

 

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The dragonfly’s wings

So transparent; so lightly

You make your journey.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

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This dragonfly landed on one of our olive trees last summer and was so well camouflaged I had trouble finding it back and even more trouble taking a photo using just the camera on my phone.

The haiku was written in response to Carpe Diem’s Little Creatures, where the goal was to write a classical 5/7/5 haiku following this example by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827):

the dragonfly too
folds hands in prayer…
rice blossoms