Haiku: Late to NaPoWriMo

~ Late to NaPoWriMo ~

Every year National Poetry Month creeps up on me and I don’t notice it. Finally, a chance for a haiku today…


April, halfway through

Before I see the verses

It’s NaPoWriMo!


Surface Thoughts


More fleeting than white horses

that rush in the foam,

these sparkling diamonds  

dance lightly on wavelets;

a brief but dazzling reflection

of our home star,

their fluttering white brightness

skates untroubled across rippling surface,

paths shaped by ephemeral  winds.

Like transient thoughts

they twinkle

when exposed.

No two moments the same.


Haiku: Java

As I reported on an earlier post, I have been assisting my daughter with some Java programming recently, which has been both stimulating and frustrating. As today’s loose schedule calls for a haiku I thought I would use this as a subject matter, playing on the double meaning of the term…

~  J A V A  ~

Rather like caffeine

this ubiquitous language

awakens my brain



More Dementor than Black Dog

Winnie’s black dog
crept upon him
during moments of stillness.
No lumbering Labrador;
this stealthy lupine,
like the Black Dog of old lore,
would hide in his shadows.
An artful defense
of paint, prose or construction
would keep the beast at bay,
at least for a time.

J.K gets much closer.
Her apparition:
a billowing cloak
that settles quietly,
leaden on your shoulders,
and clings, with a quiet cry to be fed.
Music works for a spell
but choose charms wisely.
For Dementors can consume these too
and cause a spiral of despair.

I heed Winnie’s advice
And take out a pen…


©Richard Reeve, 2016


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