Archives for category: summer

Dancer rests

Tulle glittering



(c) Jackie Le Poidevin 

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

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

Still it is light

Yet the rock rose petals lie

Already scattered.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Longest day

Wildflowers in the shingle

Scent of broom.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Linked to Carpe Diem Summer solstice


Just we two,

Suspended in our small world,

One hot afternoon.


(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.


(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.




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




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