The Commute

The platform is wet from last nights rain
          but this morning
the sun has wove threads of gold
sewing itself to the soft cloud
a handful of people smile at tiny escaping strands of light
         the look of hope on their faces
scores of others turn away looking down
              cheekbones rigid with anguish
a reminder of the darkness in their life
and I’m people watching
wondering what type of person
          will sit next to me on today’s journey.

Thanks for taking the time to read this poem. It’s my first piece of 2022, I’ve been mega busy.

Take It Easy

Paul

The Calm of Boxing Day Morning

Holding hands in fresh gloves
we walk the Winter woods;
it’s quiet on Boxing Day morning;
probably too many bad heads sleeping it off.

The essence of Chris is still hanging in the air,
from the tall pine sentries lining our route,
watching us in the scarves wrapped around our faces;
the same scarves muffling our voices,
and the words we get wrong,
singing the Christmas songs everyone knows.

We ask each other to name their favourite part of Christmas so far;
I say spending time with you;
I know I say the same thing every year but it’s the truth;
and you say the same.

I’m lost in your hazelnut eyes when snow begins to fall;
I wonder what it would be like to be frozen in time;
right here, right now, in this very moment;
but when the soft snowflake hits my cheek;
I wake up from my festive fog,
and we walk on
– destination unknown.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Festive Good Fortune,

Paul

Advent Calendar Haiku #24

Seasons greetings! It’s here everybody! Christmas Eve! Can you believe it? Only twenty-four days ago I started the Haiku Advent Calendar as a challenge to myself and a gift to you all. We’ve made it!!!

I’m going to put on the tree lights and settle down for a day of relaxation and maybe some baking.

But first, I’ll leave you with this haiku…

Santa packs his sleigh,
ready to warp across earth;
The best gift is LOVE.

Thanks for joining me and for the kind words during the Haiku Advent Calendar. If you want to read the previous Haikus, click the specific day below:

Day 1. Day 2. Day 3. Day 4. Day 5. Day 6. Day 7. Day 8. Day 9. Day 10. Day 11. Day 12. Day 13. Day 14. Day 15. Day 16. Day 17. Day 18. Day 19. Day 20. Day 21. Day 22. Day 23.

I hope you all have time to connect with your friends and family as well as yourself over Christmas. It’s been great sharing these Haikus with you all.

Merry Christmas to One and All.

Paul

(photo:canva)

Advent Calendar Haiku #23

Welcome to the penultimate day of the Haiku Advent Calendar. I hope you’ve been keeping up with them all and enjoying them.

Do you think it’s perfectly acceptable to be tucking into the Christmas food cupboard now. Who else loves Twiglets?

Today’s haiku is…

we made wool baubles
like snowballs soft and pure white;
the treetop star beamed.

Thanks again for joining me, come back for the finale tomorrow.

Take It Easy

Ho ho ho

Paul

Advent Calendar Haiku #22

Welcome back to Paul Writes Poems!

Day twenty-two and I can’t quite believe how fast December is going. I think I’ll make myself a ‘hot choctail’ later …

But first, here’s the haiku of the day…

To the North Pole,
Santa lists float up chimneys;
Children smile with hope.

Thanks for joining me today. I will wrap my presents today. I’m on sticky tape rations though!!!

Take It Easy

Paul

(photo: canva)

Advent Calendar Haiku #21

Welcome back! Good Morning! It’s day twenty-one of the Haiku Advent Calendar.

I hope you’re enjoying the mix of haiku I’m producing on the run-up to Christmas Day.

Today’s haiku is a true story that happened a few years ago…

The turkey’s too large,
another midnight axe job;
tin foil hysterics.

Come back tomorrow for day twenty-two’s haiku.

Take It Easy

Paul

Advent Calendar Haiku #20

It’s the final countdown until Christmas. Santa and his elves are busy working away in the toy factory and the holiday armadillo is trying to keep things together…

I still haven’t wrapped my presents yet but I’ll get round to it. Have you wrapped your non-North Pole gifts yet?

Todays haiku…

The jingle bells ring
every time the Christmas tree’s touched;
fairy lights dancing.

Thanks for joining me today, maybe enjoy a foil-wrapped chocolate as a treat or a mug of hot chocolate. Remember to come back tomorrow for day twenty-one.

Take It Easy,

Paul

Advent Calendar Haiku #19

Welcome to day nineteen of the Haiku Advent Calendar. I hope you’re all well. The days are going by too quickly.

I’ve donned a Christmas jumper to take part in the regular writing group I attend today so I’m festive and warm, like a good mulled wine or cider.

Now for today’s haiku…

Starlings murmur like
prudes gossiping on bare trees;
the air is frozen.

Thanks for reading and joining me today. If you missed it I was part of the cast of the Christmas Episode of Eat The Storms Poetry Podcast yesterday if you want something to listen to today. The Spotify link is below;

https://open.spotify.com/episode/73BWl7ZQfN2xS78wZiVVvB?si=mBGFqUgzTj6ffL5WbjUzaQ&utm_source=copy-link

Take It Easy

Paul

Advent Calendar Haiku #18

On day eighteen of the Haiku Advent Calendar, my true love gave to me – oh sorry I got a little mixed up there!!!

I’ve only got two presents left to buy and they’re both going to be bought online. What a relief. I still need to wrap though.

Today’s haiku is…

The low winter sun
shines on the decorations;
the tree lights have fused.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I’m appearing on the Christmas Episode of Eat The Storms Poetry Podcast at 5pm (GMT) so keep an eye out for more on that later.

Take It Easy

Paul

Advent Calendar Haiku #17

It’s day seventeen of the Haiku Advent Calendar. That means only seven days until Christmas Eve.

My house is filled with the scent of my tree, clementine and wrapping paper. I’ve had Magic TV on for all the old festive tunes.

Here’s a haiku witnessed from the comfort of my kitchen;

lethal black ice
harshly tripping up school kids;
torn Christmas jumpers.

Join me again tomorrow for another haiku as part of the Haiku Advent Calendar.

Take It Easy

Paul