Monday, July 23, 2007

Haiku - comfort

hard ground becomes
muddy transformation
as rain seeps

slow drip relief
soothes weary limbs
midsummer rain

gently swayed
in the birdhouse
wind gust lullaby

© Strauss
23rd July 2007

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Haiku - shadows and light

nowhere to run
dark shadow overhead
little field mouse

cicadas serenade
moths on naked bulbs
drawn to light

© Strauss
2nd July 2007
dappling leaves
filter midday sun
under the elm
© Strauss
3rd July 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

Haiku - on a windy day

whispering sisters
share secrets in the breeze
poplars sway
© Strauss
22 June 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Fall

The dramatic heights of loveliness,
Caressed the soft waves of her hair;
A potent intoxication
Suspended reality in the air.

An hypnotic high; so mellow,
Burnished through enamored eyes.
Mournful tones though, now resound,
In guttural wrenching cries.

The ebb and flow of a peculiar fate;
A world turned on its axis once more.
Those fruits, once thought so delicious,
Are spoiled - rotten to the core.

She had dared to pierce that taut red skin,
Seeking juicy delights beneath,
But neither zing nor sweetness whetted her lips;
An odious pungency caught her teeth.

That wily fervour, from her past
Could not be arrested forever.
Seized by a love; never mutually roused,
Not then, not now – not ever.

© Strauss

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

One Deep Breath - Nurture

taut red orbs
warm in my hands
ripe tomatoes


I watch her skating
Solo for the first time
Tears of pride mix
With tears of vague regret
That well from a future place

15th May 2007

This weeks theme, at One Deep Breath, was Nurture.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Creeping vine
T'ward sunlight curl
Entwining branch
In tangled whorl
While newborn ferns
Reach and unfurl
Midst shafting forest light

© Strauss
9th May 2007

Monday, May 7, 2007

One Breath Haiku and Tanka - Sleep

Well, the first one wasn't tooooooooo bad for a first attempt, so I thought I would chance a second attempt. This week's One Deep Breath prompt is - Sleep.

restless in caves.
green slivers pierce snow.
bears stir.

© Strauss
7th May 2007

I thought I would have a go at the Tanka too. I have never tried one of these. I am happy to be learning these new styles.
Smiles of relief
Mother collapses in chair
Dishes in sink
Steam swirls from a coffee mug
Children finally asleep.

© Strauss
7th May 2007