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



shoulderblades
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



slipping
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
nightwindows


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


withdrawing
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
laughs

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

strewn
across the midden
bottletops


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


water
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


turning
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


peeking
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
*
*
missing
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


*
cross-stitched
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
*