Advent Calendar Haiku #15

Happy Wednesday and Haiku Advent Calendar day fifteen to you. Hope you’re well and into the Christmas spirit. I know that I am.

Yesterday, apart from my Haiku, I also shared my poem ‘At Christmas’. That might help you get in your groove.

Today’s haiku is…

Melting icicles
fall like arrows to earth;
magpies scared silent.

Thanks for joining me today and remember to come back tomorrow for another day of the Haiku Advent Calendar.

If you would to read ‘At Christmas’, please click here.

Take It Easy


I Can’t Believe It, I Came 3rd!

On Sunday (Halloween), I entered Black Bough Poetry’s #BBMicro2 contest.

The premise and rules were to create an original 4-line poem about Autumn or Halloween, post it on twitter using the above hashtag.

There was a panel of judges working throughout the day, all of whom are really talented poets.

A shortlist was announced on Monday and that’s when I got the first shock! I had made the shortlist! I couldn’t believe it as I’d read some of the other entries and I thought they were outstanding.

On Tuesday evening, the winners were announced. I came in 3rd. I will be celebrating this achievement at the weekend with my wife. It hasn’t really sunk in because I never imagined I’d get anywhere near the shortlist or finalist. It has given me a lot more self-belief in my writing! Hard work pays off.

You can see all the winners on by visiting @blackboughpoems on twitter. Or visit their website ( to view the current books and anthologies they have for sale. Their Christmas/Winter edition has just been released and has some stunning artwork alongside incredible poetry.

Take It Easy,