Welcome.......

Welcome to my 'small stone' blog.
I hope you find
something here that will touch your heart. The poems here will all be very short, some will be a Haiku style, and were prompted by the 'a river of stones' project: http://ariverofstones.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-is-small-stone.html
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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Advent candle 2

Advent candle #2

The star begins its journey
and eternity spills
upon the lost.
A lesser light beacons
the greater light
and feeble footsteps
find the way
to eternity.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

daybreak


cold crisp morning breaks
gulls gawk their early crying
sad in Autumn sky

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

personality


Cracked ice,
included amber,
irritation in the oyster,
the splendorous itch.
The last unwrapping
of pass the parcel
and the smile
when it’s all over.
I am
perfectly flawed.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

I wonder


I wonder if the distance holds
the wonders of its promise,
if the crawl toward its hiding place
can draw me to its maw.
Or if bruised and bloody-kneed I find
within its hidden grace
a troubled soul
and in disguise a yesterday.
Tomorrow holds no favour
no miracle to change the past
while earth binds me to its bosom
I wait for heaven’s grasp.
For heaven has no walking frames
within its open arms
and praising lips will open
where now they are stuck fast.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

July small stones in book form


A River of Small Stones ii     (click on the picture above for a preview)


Welcome to the world of concise thought. These are exercises in getting the most emotion from the least amount of words. Some of the pieces are in a basic haiku pattern.
All the photographs were taken by the author at various times but used to garner words during July - one day at a time.

The style of poetry is called ekphrasic which means it uses one form of art (in this case photography) to inspire another i.e. the poetry.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

31. Sundown


Goodbye to the sun -
downy pillowed horizon
calling to dreaming.


Saturday, 30 July 2011

30. Sentry moon

The moon guards my sleep
and the cloud of dreams
becomes my coverlet.
In strange colours
the day plays memory games
under the duvet.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

29. sentinel


Sentinel awaits a battle that will never come,
redundant ammunition lies idly in the sunlight
and blood pulses through intact veins.
The shadow of the dying has passed
to a new generation
with more dangerous toys
and the smoke of death.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

28. I will not stay

I will not stay


I will not stay
and face this way
when journey calls for me.
I will take flight
toward the light
and sky eternity.

27. the climb


All is possible
if you’re clever by design
walls – no obstacle.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

26. orchid haiku



the peacock flower
a strutting aristocrat
flexes its allure

Monday, 25 July 2011

25. leaving



The carriage nods a tilting farewell -
a rattled cloak of goodbye
and separation follows
like a shadow growing with the sinking sun.
A slowly fading rumble
of the train on the down line
into someonelse’s tomorrow.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

24. from a lectern


in ancient ambience
words rise from motionless bird
as on eagle’s wings
with feathered touch 
upon the broken

Saturday, 23 July 2011

23. off season



on a lounge of leaves
the redundant wicket keeper
sleeps through a season
a rusting sleep
of no balls


Thursday, 21 July 2011

22. lightless


Lightless,
the sea shadow of warning tower
shines in lonely resonance
a slower revolution
following the sun. 


21. footprints in the sea


touching down
making a mark
placing toes
in the footprint of the sea
echoes of life


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

20. welded grip


You hold my hand in Yours -
a welded grip
stronger than mine.
Salty, tidal, tears
in passionate ebb and flow,
rattle and clank
but do not break.


Monday, 18 July 2011

19. pot haiku


empty and waiting
a dawn before uncaught day
unfertilised eggs

18. ninety and nine


the wool pack prowl
bleating the cover
for the hundredth

Saturday, 16 July 2011

17. a line of ink


A line of ink
begins a journey,
there is no full stop
the sentence is unfinished.


Friday, 15 July 2011

16. entrance


eye slightly open
a siren call
for entranced curiosity
the bell tower beckons

Thursday, 14 July 2011

15. conductor



a finger pointing skyward
from whence all light descends
a directorial poke
at stormy bursts

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

14. it tolls for You



born 1616 in fiery birth
a ton of tongue
you rang for centuries
your call to worship
in 1899
voice renewed
you sang your bidding song
today you await
your herald moment

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

13. quill

a rainbowed quill
writes no codicil
to ancient covenant

Monday, 11 July 2011

12. student


enquiring of touch
eager for discovery
a gentle learning


11. searchlight sun


searchlight sun
splendour in the skies
a smile from heaven
on the Lord’s day


Saturday, 9 July 2011

10. Snow white


Snow white
and her seven dwarves:
a water ballet,
fairytale,
cygneture.


Friday, 8 July 2011

9. Ripple

a tidal tickle
licking shore’s unguarded toes
refreshing kisses

Thursday, 7 July 2011

8. Investment


industrious finch
feather lining his future
a nest egg - egg nest

7. In transit



the immigrants wait
swapping holiday stories
an annual flux

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

6. Shoreline haiqu


the tidal ambush
on the beach summer jewels
reflect the sortie

Monday, 4 July 2011

5. Flower Festival


Through ancient window
light settles its smile
upon crimson bloom.
Shining through petals
searchlight rays expose
colour amid the silent stone
and hymns the presence
of the omnipresent.



Sunday, 3 July 2011

4. Opus deo

Opus deo:
my opiate
is not the myopic
passing moment
fuelled by the flush
of chemistry.
But constant
cleansing creation
revealing God.

3. Poppy haiku


the poppy applauds
sun and wind in morning dress
a scarlet salute

Saturday, 2 July 2011

2. Like a bird on a wire (Haiku)



A bird on a wire,
Cohen’s melancholy song
a passing of time.

Friday, 1 July 2011

1. poppy


Like a Spanish dancer
your dress unfurls
to the song of the sun,
beguiling the attentive caresses
of hectic bees.

Monday, 27 June 2011

July challenge

I'm taking part in the 'River of Small Stones' July challenge.
More details can be found here:

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Spring hangs chains


Spring hangs chains
from bough and twig,
lamplighter bees
begin their ministrations.
There is a smile upon the breeze.