A Lament

The   sky   shows   no   blue   today
	only        the 		dullness 
                 of     burnt     steel
                          brittle   cracks   form
       drizzle falls 
                    lying static       in        the      air
tears    to mourn  an unwell world
         even the gulls are silent in respect.

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Thanks for taking the time to read what is a sombre poem. 
I hope you're well and having a great January so far. It feels like it has lasted forever. 

Take it Easy,

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

Christmas Holiday Daredevils

The snow fell softly, silently,
blanketing the town before daybreak;
it was deep enough to sledge in – and lose a boot;
out the window, a march had already begun,
street kids trailing sledges and inner tubes from old tractor tyres,
towards the hills of the golf course and their hills;
the walk took us past the bare hedgerows,
showing the families already there;
a dad and daughter skimming down on a black binliner,
and some of the older lads on an old car bonnet
spinning every which way.

At the entrance, scrambling over stile,
I was ready to tackle the hill,
dodging bodies to reach the top and the quick queue,
quicker than I’d ever seen;
it was tradition to share the first trip down with Ni;
he handled the steering, as we sped in a bullet-straight line,
all the way to the bottom,
so we went again and again and again – together and apart,
until my final solo descent, which was
headfirst, full of fear and peer pressure;
I almost made it until I ate a wedge of snow, hurting my arm;
one of the car bonnet boys had to pull me out of the way,
as the dad and daughter sped past my feet, binliner shredded to pieces,
their fun finished as well;
my brother left to trail the sledge
as we laughed all the way home;
full of childhood adrenaline, arctic air
and last night’s snow.

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

Appearing On… Eat The Storms – Christmas Episode

The Christmas episode of the Eat The Storms Poetry Podcast has been released. On it, you’ll hear me (!!!) reading four of my poems with a wintry and festive feel. I am so grateful that Damien (the host with the most!) invited me back to read. I love Christmas and the last time I appeared on the podcast was my podcasting debut, my reading live debut and was so much fun.

Some of the poems I’ve read you’ll find on Paul Writes Poems already; the others will be released between now and Christmas along with my daily Haiku Advent Calendar so keep your eyes peeled.

The last time I had the opportunity to appear on Eat The Storms, the other readers were amazing. The same is said for my fellow poets appearing on the Christmas episode, but, this time Damien has ramped things up for the festivities so it’s bursting at the seams like a vintage stocking.

I have released a poem this month already, you can find the piece of nostalgia by clicking, ‘At Christmas‘.

It was a massive honour and privilege to take part, especially with the calibre of the other poets reading. I may have been was awestruck! (I must apologise for the sore throat though.)

Merry Christmas Everybody

Ho Ho Ho

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