Tuesday, 5 June 2012

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Monday, 4 June 2012

4th June 2012

Exhaustion; yearning
to be in summer sun but
much to catch up with

Freya Pickard 2012

Friday, 1 June 2012

1st June 2012

is the order of the day;
uneasy for me

Freya Pickard 2012

Monday, 28 May 2012

28th May 2012

how food is prepared 
means more than presentation;
like us, it needs love

Freya Pickard 2012

Friday, 25 May 2012

25th May 2012

baking bread is a 
warm scent that lingers on the 
summer air here

Freya Pickard 2012

Monday, 21 May 2012

21st May 2012

sending emails, wait
in vain for positive 
reply; still waiting

Freya Pickard 2012

Friday, 18 May 2012

18th May 2012

one month before the 
Solstice, the wind is still
cool; heat hesitates

Freya Pickard 2012

Monday, 14 May 2012

14th May 2012

fierce sun and cool wind
do an English summer make;
so variable!

Freya Pickard 2012

Friday, 11 May 2012

11th May 2012

summer sqall briefly
passes, sun and rain combined;
last month's weather now

Freya Pickard 2012

Monday, 7 May 2012

7th May 2012

ongoing stress, it's
not good at all, tiring, so
frustrating; work, hey?

Freya Pickard 2012

Friday, 4 May 2012

4th May 2012

warm wind of Summer
buffets hedge and tree, dropping

Freya Pickard 2012

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

2nd May 2012

like a slow, cool drink
are your messages to me;
steadfast, friendly, true

Freya Pickard 2012

This one was originally written for my friend  julespaige

Thursday, 26 April 2012

26th April 2012

thick scent of trumpet 
flowers assault my nostrils;
yellow, rich, heavy

Freya Pickard 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

24th April 2012

grey veiling cloud mists
the morning sky, threatening 
rain that does not fall

Freya Pickard 2012

Thursday, 19 April 2012

19th April 2012

stretching, releasing
from a firm centre strong, I 
work out; Pilates

Freya Pickard 2012

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

17th April 2012

the flat brown winter
trees become dimensional
as their leaves unfurl

Freya Pickard 2012

Thursday, 12 April 2012

12th April 2012

oak trees frame the path
opposite; heather borders 
of spring green and mauve

Freya Pickard 2012

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

10th April 2012

absorbing colours
scents, sounds within a garden
of Kentish design

Thursday, 5 April 2012

5th April 2012

silver birch unfolds
bright green leaves that drift in the 
pleasant, balmy breeze

Freya Pickard 2012

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

April 4th

Bright yellow flowers
cover the forsythia
like a swarm of bees.

by Libby 2012

I love this haiku for its strong imagery and shouting colours. I had never thought of the flowers being like a swarm of bees so that was delightful to read and imagine. I found this uplifting and refreshing. Freya

You can find more of Libby's poetry at thewobblydumdumtree
This week Libby is giving away a copy of her poetry collection Collecting Cobwebs, Gathering Brambles at my other blog, Clippings.
To find out how you can win a copy for yourself, click here
To read my review on Libby's book click here

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

3rd April 2012

inbetween greyness
neither hot nor cold; weather
is indecisive

Freya Pickard 2012

Thursday, 29 March 2012


wind-dried washing, blown
with scent of sun and Spring air, 
all clean, fresh and crisp

Freya Pickard 2012

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

March 28th

stars, moon on the run
I see the seasons play chase -
night clouds in wind breath


You can read more of JulesPaiges work at julesgemsandstuff

Jules wrote this in a comment in response to my Haiku 2-29 and I loved it so much I've reposted it here. I love the movement, the power, the elementals moving so swiftly we cannot keep up. What you do think of it? Freya

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


the flowering black-
currant droops its bright pink blooms
against new green leaves

Freya Pickard 2012

Thursday, 22 March 2012


daffodil brightens
and cherry tree whitens; brought
to life by the sun

Freya Pickard 2012

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

March 21st

A lone ship sails sad
on turquoise blue foamy waves,
its masts pierce grey clouds.
Claudia Messelodi 

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

This haiku is so poignant. I love real ships, with sails full-bellied under a windswept sky and this haiku conjured up such a vivid image. But her use of sad and pierce led me to think that the ship maybe carried bad news or perhaps she was the last of her kind... Freya

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


equinox passes, full
moon wanes as Spring ascends, mist
diffuses sunrise

Freya Pickard 2012

Thursday, 15 March 2012


the promise of Spring
no longer a hint but now
a reality

Freya Pickard 2012

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

March 14th

In the marble sink
lie artichokes lettuce mint,
green bunch of flavours.

Claudia Messelodi 

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

I love the way Claudia uses colour and texture constrast within her haiku. The marble is hard and cold whereas the green leaves are vivid and organic, standing out against the paleness of the sink. Freya

Tuesday, 13 March 2012


the breeze skims my neck
scratches at my cheeks and ears; 
mist halts Spring again

Freya Pickard 2012

Thursday, 8 March 2012


bright mist blown by warm
wind reveals blue sky of
Spring and the sunshine

Freya Pickard 2012

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


lightness in the air
as misty dawn brightens. Year
awakens, smiling

Freya Pickard 2012

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

March 6th

Amazed we discern
chestnut husks fall down from boughs, 
pearls of the autumn

Claudia Messelodi 

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

 Again Claudia creates something very different. I always think of pearls as pale, but I suppose the insides of the chestnut husks are pale like pearls - I hadn't really associated the two together before. So thank you Claudia for stretching my imagination and taking me to a new place. Freya

Thursday, 1 March 2012

March 1st

Seeking a way out
of a sudden awesome mist,
eyes trapped in a dream.

Claudia Messelodi 

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

 I've been in a mist like this! Ah, or is it a dream? Or is it symbolic - the poet can't see their path clearly.... So many interpretations of this one. Freya

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Haiku 2-29

wind lifted clouds, high
above the far sea, reveal
the landscape again

Freya Pickard 2012

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

February 28th

Thick fogbank lingers
over beds of auburn gems, 
creaking steps come near.

Claudia Messelodi 

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

I saw the fogbank lingering over an autumn bed of maybe late roses (auburn gems are great!) and the creaking steps are intriguing... Freya

Thursday, 23 February 2012

February 23rd

Bare branches unveil
tenacious fragility,
on dying autumn days.

Claudia Messelodi 

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

Good juxtaposition using "tenacious fragility". Unveiling something so fragile yet determined to survive as autumn dies. Beautiful. Freya

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Haiku 2-22

the breeze brings in an 
excitement that the mist damped; 
spring is rising fast

Freya Pickard 2012

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

February 21st

Swirls of autumn leaves
the wind urge stirs up the hill;
scrawls on a blank page.

Claudia Messelodi

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

 Loved the "wind urge" in this. And using "scrawls" reproduces the sound of dry leaves on the ground. Brilliant! Freya

Thursday, 16 February 2012

February 16th

Deep orange petals
show up from fresh place blossoms,
explosion of scents

Claudia Messelodi 

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

Goodness, this one is powerful! Again you have a lovely contrast with deep orange and fresh pale blossoms all building up to that explosion of scents. Orange blossom? I don't know. But I can smell it from here! Freya

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Haiku 2-15

everlasting cloud
drapes my world like a grey shroud;
Winter-Spring stasis

Freya Pickard 2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

February 14th

Rocket, parsley, sage, 
bed of leaves on a glass plate
where mauve lilies float

Claudia Messelodi

To read more of Claudia's work please visit Stream of Stones

This is quite exotic imagery that I played around with in my mind. The first three plants I visualised immediately - salad! And I liked the glass plate they lay upon. But then, mauve lilies? Another flower arrangement? Perhaps Claudia eats lilies in her salads? Then I realised, does it have to make complete sense? Can't it just be artistic? Freya

Friday, 10 February 2012

Versatile Blogger Award!

A huge thank you to Claudia at a stream of small stones for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!That's 2 awards in less than 2 weeks...
Oh good! That means I get to choose 5 more people to nominate for this award!

There are a few rules that go along with the award:

1. In a post  on your blog, nominate 5 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

Here are seven facts that you may not know about me:
1. I am 5'3.5" tall
2. Summer is my favourite season
3. My first published short story appeared in Threads Magazine in 1994
4. My favourite album at the moment is The Resistance by Muse
5. I have just seen a bullfinch in the copse beyond my garden
6. I am currently reading "Castle Dor" which was co-written by Daphne du Maurier
7. I sometimes get inspiration for my stories from my dreams...

Now to my nominations: -
1. Liz Baxter at Small Blonde Hippy for interesting and entertaining articles about books and writing
2. Inger at My Small Stones for her words and amazing photographs
3. Emma at Propheticus for her interesting tips on self-publishing
4. Cynthia at Canyon Stones for more beautiful words and pictures
5. Matt at Matt Cannot Write because he is totally insane and has a brilliant book to sell

Hope you enjoy visiting these others sites - let me know what you think of them!