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Friday, January 31, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 30


lone pink carnation blooming between the wildflowers


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 29


amongst the mountain mist helicopter sound


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 28


this yellowhammer's insistent call
rings out through the sun-drenched valley


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 26


that little bud of reassurance the grows within me
when I open the blinds at 7 a.m. and find the cows 
walking back to the paddock after the morning milking


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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 25


my morning of colours . . .
the pure white of the basil flowers against the scented green leaves
the black & yellow stripes of a wasp dead in the windscreen wipers
the pink of my shirt matching my tall glass of berry smoothie


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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 24


arriving home
to the scent of last night's roasted red peppers


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Friday, January 24, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 23


sun haze
these bees in & out
of the cornflowers


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 22


sunlight streams with warmth into my study
a scatter of rainbows adorn the walls, floor, and I
created by the crystal hanging in the window


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 21


a crumpled tissue in my pocket
all the memories come flooding back


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 20


lighting a candle 
for the first time this year
the smell of pear blossoms 
as I think of you
& start to smile

~ for Kat


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 19


the morning grows colder by the hour & goose bumps appear
I search out some winter clothes to wear this midsummer's day


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 18


clock tick
tractor rumble
bird song
leaf rustle
house creak
computer whir
cow moo


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 17


the tears come suddenly 
and itch on my cheeks as they dry


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In Memoriam: Kat Creighton

I was very shocked and saddened to hear today that fellow writer Kat Creighton has passed away. She was a lovey and talented woman, whom I had the pleasure of writing with in 2012. 

Kat was going through a tough time emotionally after Hurricane Sandy hit her home town on the Jersey Shore. I reached out to her and asked if she'd like to write with me as I'd found collaborations to be a beautiful way of connecting and inspiring during and after hard times. I'm so glad she accepted my offer! 

Below is our tanka sequence, the first Kat had written, which was published in LYNX. Rest in peace, Kat. You will be sorely missed in the haiku community, especially on Facebook, by myself, and many, many others.

Uncharted Depths
by Kirsten Cliff & Kat Creighton

heatwave--
seeing myself reflected
in his sunglasses . . .
how long have I been
inside this chrysalis

these ruins
swaddled in fresh snow
and I
beneath boundless stars
wriggle out of the darkness


hoping I'll know
when I've become whole . . .
so much to learn
watching the sunflowers
watching the sun

morning frost
reaching for a source
of warmth
I rearrange by color
the sea glass on the sill


lightning storm--
still this humid air
remains . . .
my mixture of old
and new scars

where the ice ends
and the river begins
uncharted depths . . .
the measure of this life
mapped in ebb and flow


on the wave
of a cuckoo's song
we drift again
over last night's dream
. . . this need for control

every leaf
from every branch
long gone . . .
so much starlight to carry
my endless prayers


watermarked
across this expanse of sky
two rainbows
shedding the shadow
from my heart

finally free of winter's grasp
the footlamps along the path
guide me
to a space wide enough
for wings


Please go and read more of Kat's poetry on her blog my ninth life. You can also read her work in the Living Haiku Anthology here and find out more about her here where she was featured as a NaHaiWriMo prompter.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 16


the wind's swirl hugging the house
searching for the cracks in between


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 15


walking to the car after a blood test
I feel a warmth on my arm and find it
bright red, running down to my wrist


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 14


summer morning chill
I find a patch of sunlight and become a cat


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 13


break in the wind
the neighbour's dog barking 
then not


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Monday, January 13, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 11


I open the curtains and see the cows
even before I put on my glasses
slowly walking in a line down the track
back to a fresh paddock after milking


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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 10


a man leading his child along on a white pony in the morning sunlight


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Friday, January 10, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 9


a tissue in the washing
creating snow as I hang it on the line


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 8


the moon phases missing from my new diary
I vow to look out the window tonight instead


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 7


the musicality of the word musicality


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 6


my eczema
set to 'high itch'
summer heat


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Monday, January 6, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 5


Monday morning after the holidays and the world seeps back to normal
I take down the Christmas tree, leaving an emptiness behind me


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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 4


like the storm
my headache gathers and explodes into sound


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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 3


summer market
the way each stall holder looks up as we pass


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Friday, January 3, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 2


dark morning
the bruise on my leg
turning purple


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mindful Writing Challenge – day 1

century old oak a sparrow leaves the path

My first small stone of 2014 for the Mindful Writing Challenge. (I started a day late to fit in with most of the rest of the world.)  Come join me! :-)



In Memoriam: John Carley

I remember his prompt of 'karumi' over at the August 2012 NaHaiWriMo. I came up with:

thoughts of you
a shift of light
on the mountainside


So poignant now.
RIP John Carley. Thanks for your teachings and your friendship.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome to 2014!

What better way to start the new year than with the first page of my calendar of haiku and photography, which I did jointly with my husband this time round. Below is actually the view from our lounge at this time of year, often complete with a herd of dairy cows chewing their cud. Just click on the image to see an enlarged view and to read Cameron's previously unpublished haiku. Didn't he do well?

January 2014 haiku & photo by Cameron Elliot

If you're a regular reader of Swimming in Lines of Haiku you'll probably notice that I've changed the look of the blog for 2014: a fresh, clean slate to start as I mean to go on. And before I do I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all my readers and supporters, to the editors that have accepted and published my work, to those I've written and celebrated with, to those who bought my desk calendars and New Res anthologies: Thank you so much! Let's do it all over again.

Wishing you all the best for a year ahead of reading and writing, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the festive season. If you're looking for a way to kick-start your writing year then join in the January 2014 Mindful Writing Challenge. Maybe I'll see you there! :-)