June 1, 2014 § 10 Comments


how perfect  the dusk

after a thunderstorm –

when the blackbird sings


Photo courtesy Sandy Dooley

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  • Beautiful..
    Sent from my BlackBerry smartphone from Virgin Media

  • pi314chron says:

    Oh! Basho famously said that a “haiku” poet could expect no more than one perfectly polished haiku in a lifetime of writing (or words to that effect). This haiku SURELY qualifies. Deleting, changing, or adding a single word would be unthinkable. BRAVO, Rachael!

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Don’t know what to say really, Ron – except that’s something coming from the haiku master himself. THANK YOU 🙂

  • Simply beautiful, Rachael – nature as a metaphor for the trials of life.

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you, Chris. I so like how you have interpreted this. The poet writes what she/he must, and then gives it away to her/his readers – who breathe it into life….

  • SirenaTales says:

    This takes my breath away, Rachael…stunning and beautiful. With a gorgeous image to match. Thank you. xoxo

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you, Chloe. Finding that painting was a real gift. I love the contemporary Impressionists – something ethereal and magical about them… xxx

  • Miranda Stone says:

    What a lovely chord of hope and renewal this poem strikes with the last line, Rachael. And the painting you’ve chosen to accompany it is perfect! Beautiful words, beautiful image. Write on, Haiku Queen! 🙂

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you Miranda. This one just came out right without much effort. It would be nice to know how to make that happen more often! Hugs to you, my friend 🙂

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