Monday, December 21, 2009

cerulean sky
between the pond skater
and the eel

Saturday, December 19, 2009

the longest day
I finally take no
for an answer

Patrick Gillespie of PoemShape is collecting solstice haiku.  E-mail your contribution via his contact page, or post it to his guest book.

And to get you in the mood, here's some winter solstice ku from the f/k/a archives.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

curtains cut down
to let in the sun
twisted flower

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I finally managed to elbow my way into The Herons Nest this month (Dec 2009, pg 3). 

Australian Haiku just flew past 10,000 hits this weekend too.  Thanks very much to you all.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

cicadas cry
cold against my cheeks
last night's drinks

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

his sky blue
shorts so tight
first blush

Monday, November 16, 2009

The latest edition of Simply Haiku has kindly included some of my favourite haiga. 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

sunlight sweeps
across the cluttered sill
temple bells

Sunday, November 8, 2009

the warmth
of a car bonnet - coffee
in the rain

Saturday, November 7, 2009

catch the sun - the beetle
finally dies

Monday, October 26, 2009

same same but different - thanks Bandit!
happy halloween

and Bandit's Halloween post featuring one of my favourite poets Lorin Ford, the delightful Devika, too cool for school William Sorlien, the overly artistic Comrade Harps, the ever popular Alan Summers and yours truly

lamplit breath
floats along the shore
ghost stories

Herons Nest Volume XII, Number 1: March, 2010

Sunday, October 18, 2009

beneath the briny sea
jellyfish shadows

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

a different path
the unexpected warmth
of kangaroo paw

Sunday, October 11, 2009

lives unseen
in daylight hours

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Psychogeography is the study of the effects of the urban environment on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.  It caught my attention the other day.  For me it blends hobby (haiku) with professional interests (urban design).  

This school of thought relies on the 'derive' - where you walk with the sole objective of letting your interests in the immediate surrounds guide your route and being open to encounters along the way - much like taking an urban ginko.

almost home
where the road rises
baking bread


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

redbacks escape
down my best mates' dunny
the sea change

With a quiet nod to John McDonald and Comrade Harps...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Back burning in the national parks begins early Spring. The suburbs take on a surreal glow from the sun through the rising smoke. The light and the smell of ash from the first back burn signals summer is around the corner, when the bushfires start.

                                                   balconies lit
                                                   by a smouldering sun
                                                                  first back burn

Sunday, September 6, 2009

desert wind
a wire fence stretches
to nowhere

Heron's Nest, Vol XI, Number 4, Dec 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

from the petals - the bee's
wandering eye

Saturday, August 29, 2009

a bit of Bach
she paints her walls
iPod white

Thursday, August 27, 2009

through rippling
tree ferns - an old wind

Saturday, August 22, 2009

white butterflies
heavy with ocean spray
an errant wave

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

reaching the shore
every drop it's moment
in the sky

Sunday, August 16, 2009

across the midden

In Australia, 'midden' principally refers to the shell heaps left a long time ago by Aboriginal folk. Where I live, they're often found in sheltered spots with incredible views of the water.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

rippling over ripples
of light

Have a look at a revised earlier post for 31 July. The subject matter may not have been everyone's cup of tea but the artwork may still be worth a look. Cheers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

polishing coasters
a cornflake fixed
to Mona Lisa's smile

Sunday, August 2, 2009

how soft
my belly this winter
his first steps

Friday, July 31, 2009

upturned sky
the tide carries in
a currawong

Friday, July 24, 2009

gentle clouds
settle over suburbs
rush hour

PoemShape and Season Creep have put up great haiga recently. Worth checking out.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

quiet afternoon
woken by unruly flaps
of currawong song

Sunday, July 19, 2009

almost dusk
softly the mosquito bounces
along my finger

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

four people

doing their own thing

jazz in the house

Thursday, July 9, 2009

cliff's edge
the weight of an apple
in my hand

Simply Haiku Winter 2009, vol 7 no 4

Monday, July 6, 2009

The morning commuter train. An hour earlier we each were warm in our beds. Beyond that, we are all strangers.

a poppy
flips about on an unseen breeze
a private joke

Simply Haiku, winter 2009, vol 7 no 4

Sunday, June 28, 2009

from the edge... still
the need to fall

Simply Haiku, winter 2009, vol 7 no 4

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Just off Dee Why

An on-line collection of haiku written by Australians can be found at The Dreaming Collection. Its a delightful little site with haiku tumbled into various categories such as suburbs, the outback, pubs, sport, sheep...

They're currently running a
competition to unearth more Australian haiku. It's free to enter and it's open to international folk. Entries need to be in by 1 July.

The above photograph was taken last week during business hours. The surf was incredible. At least 50 guys must have called in sick at work that morning and were spending the day riding perfect wave after perfect wave. You can tell we're in the depths of winter by the guys' full body wetsuits.

There are words that go with this picture, but the above competition wants unpublished work only (including blogs... I checked).

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

at the scan results
no dead birds

Sunday, June 21, 2009

warm winters day
a Chinese wind chime sings
to an empty street

Monday, June 15, 2009

returning to work
a patch of sunlight
on the platform

Simply Haiku, winter 2009, vol 7 no 4

Sunday, June 14, 2009

golden ant
struggles to the waterhole
I raise my flask

Thursday, June 11, 2009

splintered light
filling her eyes
the curtains drawn

Saturday, June 6, 2009

And a warm cup of tea goes out to the volunteer whale watchers who kindly leant me their binoculars.

breaching humpbacks
our hands
binocular blue

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

a bicycle swaggers
along the sea's edge - the drunk
and his seagulls

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A couple of senryu today...

he sneaks
some Viagra - she chooses
some bed socks
my cold knees
new jeans

Friday, May 29, 2009

drawing north
to the sugarcane - shadows
cut the freeway

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

almost home
maple trees ablaze
in the ash wet sky

Simply Haiku, winter 2009, vol 7 no 4

Monday, May 25, 2009

elevator music
a grunge song
gone to seed

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thanks to everyone that visits this site, and to those of you that take the time to comment. I still feel like the new kid in the sandbox, but I have noticed the writing community is very supportive. You all rock.

dew soaked grass
my son's small footprints
grow smaller

I might dedicate this one to Patrick Gillespie of PoemShape and Polona of Crows & Daisies, as they have followed this blog from the outset. Thank you very much.
xx Dalloway

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

abandoned silos
turn to face the moon
the city breathes

Friday, May 8, 2009

kookaburras - even
the tea towels

Simply Haiku, winter 2009, vol 7 no 4

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

squatter's doll
jammed in a tree
police check the letterbox