Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tim Gardiner- haiku/senryu


The first three haiku/senryu have been written in remembrance of those killed by the devastating earthquake of 25th April 2015 in Nepal. The last two poems are inspired by a friend’s photographs from a trek around the Annapurna circuit in the Himalaya.

many funeral pyres
quickly swept away

for the dying
rippling prayer flags
along an empty pass

women weep
by a fallen tower
the aftershock

no-one around
a pair of blue shoes
on monastery steps

trekkers retreat
wandering yaks
have the right of way

Dr Tim Gardiner is an ecologist and poet. His haiku have been published in literary magazines including A Hundred Gourds, Blithe Spirit, Frogpond and Presence and the daily Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun. His first collection of poetry 'Wilderness' is to be published by Brambleby Books. He has published many papers on natural history and several books including one about glow-worms.

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