Zen Poetry



impatience of new beginnings:
January cherry blossom


through an open window
come our winter visitors
sparrows and snowflakes


green, balloon dog
scuttles from December winds


Christmas spider:
threads of icicles
adorn park bench


full moon
winter night


white, lichen covered boulders
beckon winter snow


blue tits dance
tree to tree
travelling companions


with bowing branches
the oak surveys
her river grave


on an up-turned pine root
snowdrops stretch to the sky


entwined in ivy
ash tree
frozen in time


evening play
catching breath
frosty night


faint shadows
on stone
inhabit graveyard


faint tap tap tap
on gravestone
song thrush and snail


walking the same path
not the same path





“we are all in agreement”
daffodils nodding
in spring breeze


flirting with spring winds
autumn beech leaves


delicate rainbow
a-top ploughed soil
spring butterfly


jackdaw’s laughing
a welcomed announcement:
spring is here!


on spring winds
acrobatic buzzard
performs in his circus


cold and wet
passing of life
in the blackbird’s nest


fallen from the nest
owlet seeks shelter
in my wellies


with a sweeping hand
daisy buds break
their snow blanket


lazy bumble bee
drunk on sycamore pollen


angry faces
etched on water
spring torrent


wearing his best suit
but no date this year
spring chaffinch


carpenters toiling
on high-rise homes:
spring crows


robin’s shagging in the viburnum – it’s spring!





incense smoke dances
around summer raindrops


day-dreaming collie
a-top tractor
counting sheep


in morning sun
yellow wagtail
dances a jig


along water’s edge
heron stands- fishing


“all aboard Lovely Nellie”
Kirkcudbright day-trippers, tripping


summer showers
little lochans
adorn Alchemilla


leaf to leaf
water cascades
down Peony


clicking mala beads
attract a grasshopper


summer bonfire
fireflies melt
into twilight


now I’m here, now I’m not
hesitant lizard
embraces morning sun


along an assault course
of Mango leaves
ants shopping


hitchin’ a ride
on saffron robes
house fly
visits the Temple


on the Temple roof
pied wagtail dances
with his golden shadow


as summer ends
even the sail-boats
are heading south





through cracks in the gutter
raindrops compose
their own mantra


race against time
poppy buds dance
in autumn winds


dew-drops caught
in the spider’s web:
a string of diamonds


dew-drops caught
in the spider’s web:
a string of tears


with every fallen leaf
its nakedness appears
cherry tree


with every fallen leaf
cherry tree drifts
into her hibernation


separated by wire
mothers lament
their spring lambs


white horses ride
St. Mary’s Loch
autumn winds


orange bracken
once-green hills


seconds pass
by leaf fall
nature’s timepiece


newly shed
oak leaves
newly gained


sleeping under
gowns of moss
stone bears


rock-pools of oak leaves
autumn beach-combing


floating leaf
carries away
my dreams


thud!… autumn wind-fall


sudden downpour… of oak leaves


single fallen leaf
comes to rest on my hand
an absent friend



Pakistan Summer” a five sequence Haiku


of plastic and feathers
Pindi’s kites
cruise the evening sky


along my floor tiles
ants navigate
their criss-cross highway


in early darkness
of the Punjabi summer
fireflies play tag


in irrigation ditches
serenade mosquitoes


on snow-covered treetops
cranes sleep



Haiku & Senryu


someone else’s shadow
walks with me today


sunshine then showers
echo my emotions
sunshine then showers

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