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.

 

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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 –

Lonely Shore

 

lonely shore

footsteps never meant to scare

a hid moorhen

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem #1037 pleasure, another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Admittedly, there doesn’t seem to be too much pleasure in the haiku, but we were given this quote from Lord Byron for inspiration:

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here, for me dear auld ma, are The Fureys –