Sunday 22 March 2009


Mum has passed from our hands
to God's;
her spirit soars, dancing in freedom.

My mother has been constrained by illness for the last four years and she has been bedbound for the last year. May she be in peace now. I wrote this haiku exactly a month ago -the haiku seemed to have been given to me as I woke at 2.30am with the words ready formed in my head. She died this morning.

Thursday 12 March 2009


Tightly bound in the
corsetry of stress, focus narrows
and smiles dim.

Monday 9 March 2009

Mum 2

The wind roars its song
as a chorus
while a life ebbs slowly away.

The Viola player