Magpie Feathers


Magpie feathers drop past the bedroom window in the fog.

The cat’s slim ribcage vibrates, in, out, lying grey on the pillow.

“I miss your sister,” I say, then think about how intense we were.



This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Universal Jane #13 Sijo the Korean poem, another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Chèvrefeuille explains that the Korean SIJO shares a common ancestry with haiku, tanka and similar Japanese genres. All evolved from more ancient Chinese patterns. Sijo is traditionally composed in three lines of 14-16 syllables each, totalling between 44-46 syllables. This is an entirely new form to me and I don’t pretend to understand the nuances of it at all 🙂

All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Chuck Berry –

bookscover2cover – Chariots

Another story of mine has been posted at bookscover2cover; called Chariots, it can be read by clicking on the link. This story was written because I felt as though I lacked a relatively straight ahead sci-fi story, despite all the ‘speculative’ elements that often appear in my fiction.

To finish, here’s Chuck Berry – and the moral of this performance appears to be ‘never trust Parisian microphones…’