A Haiku Journey

A Haiku Journey Photographic Montage

Tea House in Kanazawa Gardens

1
Green moss reflections
Waterfall echo brown leaf
Drink tepid green tea.

2
Other spaces
Drift through imagination
Tea cup sits empty.

3
Waves of rippled light
Cascade across gold leaf wall
Ducks dream in sunshine.

27/10/01

Sunday Drive Through Mountains Near Kanazawa

4
Orange traffic jam
Hosts of rainbow umbrellas
Rain drops colour waterfall

5
High rise autumnal golden forest
Weather beaten face
Photograph inked landscape

6
Orange butterfly winged leaf
Slurping buckwheat noodles
With wild mountain vegetables
Heavy rain dancing on car roof.
Sunset on Ocean Near Kanazawa

7
Sea birds scavenge low tide shoreline
 Silk shimmering sunset
Slip slide swiftly away.

8
Sea bird shadows sift
Washed up bleached high tide contents
Watch the mute sunset.

9
Orange blossom cloud
Silhouetted gulls catch rippled surf
Imprint on ocean shore.

10
Opaque cloud spectrum
Sprawled deep tyre track footprint beach
Beached sea weed aroma.

11
Plastic green dragon
High tide vesper
Waves crash down
Beach absorbs broken dreams.

28/10/01

Zen Temple Near Fukei

12
Trace Buddha’s footsteps
Kaleidoscope of colour
Lean out over wooded massif.

 

13
Climb the ancient track
Green moss covers cemetery
River serenades ancestral spirits.

29/10/01

Kanazawa

14
Weather vane tv aerials
Bamboo lanterns swing in cool slight breeze
I test the wind direction.

15
Coffee shop sparkled sunlight
Cigarette smoke hangs over potted plant
A dog pants and stretches a leg.

16
Birds bathe under murmers of bridge traffic
Two girls waltz to an insect’s lullaby
Buddhist temple door remains locked.

17
Girls laugh and chatter on sweet shop step
Insect disturbs intense conversation
Blue heron flies from tradition hunting ground.

18
Jet lagged days later
Cyclist in red high heels
Drifts like a gilded sand dune
Silent coffee cup waits for a refill.

 

 

19
Thick dust storm recedes
Droplets spread outstretched wings
White carp cruise bonsai lake.

20
Birth marked diamond pond
Gentle tea house guests sip green tea
Sundown on blustery sea.

30/10/01

21
Old talisman coin
Gifts exchanged in ancient town
Following the way.

22
Ripe melon juices
Chop sticks jig from plate to plate
Content sitting still.

23
Honey dew nectar
Yellow flower Zen garden
Butterfly farewell.

1/11/01

 

 

 

 

 

The Temple Garden

24
Line on round pebble
Butterfly cloaked in rich nectar
Meditate on peace.

25
Line on smooth pebble
Blue sea of tranquility
Snap shot memory

Thoughts on Leaving Japan

26
Buddha big dipper
Stone prayer wheel keep on turning
Rush of nirvana.

1/11/01

 

Australia

27
Beyond Africa
Tousled surfers paradise
Waiting for the wave.

3/11/01

28
Sea birds race the surf
Ferry passenger adrift on dreamscape
Broken clay cloud foreshore.

7/11/01

Party in Sydney

30
Red wine flows sublimely
Jazz note transcend party haze
Pour another glass.

10/11/01

Sydney Opera House

31
Absorb diamond glint
Listen to classic aria
Immersed in one-ness.

10/11/01

Meditation on Sydney Cliff Top

32
Nomadic mermaids float
On weeping ozone plankton
Chill wind blows from the east.

15/11/01

The Art Show at Tapp Gallery

33
Wine in plastic cups
Grey bird rests on tired hunched shoulder
Paintings hung on gallery walls.

15/11/01

 

Blue Mountain Stroll Around Echo Point

34
Thirsty slow mountain trek
Cascade drifts over moss slope
Eave drop on tourist conversations.

 

35
Stone dry crumbling wall
Magpie hovers in the wing
Written question marks.

16/11/01

Didgeridoo Players At Circular Quay

36
Howl of dingo and kangaroo
Follow aquatic termite trail
Silent seagull flight above didgeridoo.

37
Dingo spirit awoken from dreamtime
Intrusion on vibrant tourist crowd
White striped busker hunts for moon shadows.

38
Lost dingo spirit
Howls on ancient crusty quay
Albatross glides over troubled waters.

39
Didgeridoo players
Connect with misplaced frontiers
Follow in the footsteps of ancestors.

17/11/01
Port Stephen

40
Hunched pelicans cruise shellfish jetty
Playful dolphins smile
Foraging treacherous sandbank

41
Swimming with dolphins
Scouring our tar soaked lungs
Nature revealing herself.

24/11/01

Sundown Over Blue Mountains

42
Spluttering embers
Ether awash with artist’s palette
Laugh at life’s crazy burnt offering.

25/11/01

Walk to Manley Beach Along Pine Street

43
Pollen dripping flash parrots
Chatter madly amongst pink blossom cloud
Stroll to salt water pool.

1/12/01

Katoomba in the Blue Mountains

44
Blue Mountains mapped out
 In one brush stroke of butterfly wing
Smoke stacked steep red cliff.
1/12/01

Manley

45
Green palm leaf parrot
Compete with chatter box cicada choir
Mad dervish moonlight whirl.

5/12/01

Dining Out With a Cookaburra and Three Crows at Sandy Bay, North Sydney

46
Insatiable
Knar led thick crusted bill
Taps table rock face
Bird’s eye meets stranger.

47
Black feather shadow
Hovers on rock seaside table
Bird and man communion.

10/12/01

McDonald’s Sydney Breakfast

48
Sleep filled antennae
Mc-Cockroach rejects the plastic breakfast
Discontented diner.

 

 

49
Watch global cockroach
Early morning fast food deal
Double discontent

11/12/01

 

Christmas Day in Alice Springs

50
Drunk dissecting dry river bed
Fearless bird swoops above eagle’s wing
Gold flash drifts away.

25/12/01

 

Alice Springs on Boxing Day Morning

51
Drying out from the storm
Magpie limps over worn carpet
Radio plays  soul food music.

26/12/01

Uluru Sunset

52
Red adobe nest
Swallows bathe in sunshine warmth
Uluru descends.

 

 

53
Dreamtime splendour
Sing the ripe landscape alive
Tourists wine and dine.

Ants scuttle along crowded track
Blissfully unaware.

54
Picnic chair outback half light
Climb red shattered escarpment
Two kangaroos vanish into the bush

28/12/01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Poem Extracts

"Steers my 10 speed drop handle bar racing bike
Through this urbane country terrain
Along narrow twisted railway bridge Kent lanes."

Visions of Albion