June 14, 2014 § 8 Comments


a new calf –

crows fight in the meadow

over the afterbirth


Painting courtesy Stephen Oliver

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§ 8 Responses to pickings

  • Ah, the circle of life! A vivid scene, Rachael, an observation often overlooked I think.

  • pi314chron says:

    Good Morning, Rachael! What a positively fabulous display of haiku artistry! I am sooo amazed by the maturity of your work in such a comparatively short time. This one is, in my view, one of your best! The imagery is truly breathtaking! Bravo!


    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Good morning to you, and thank you! The more haiku I write, the more I realise how little I know about the art – and so it gets harder. One of the lovely things about blogging is that we can learn and are encouraged in a positive way. I have always found criticism erodes the creative urge – and that doesn’t happen on the blog. If readers don’t like what we write, they simply ignore it.
      Have a good weekend. I’m off for a bike ride with my camera!

  • Miranda Stone says:

    You never fail to amaze me with your startling contrasts, Rachael! We start out with the peaceful pastoral image of a new calf, and then the poem quickly takes a violent turn, but also emphasizes that old reliable circle of life. And I don’t know who Stephen Oliver is, but he is one talented painter. That painting is stunning. Perfect for this haiku. Love and hugs, my friend.

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      That painting is amazing – just had to use it, and so pleased you loved it too. Glad you’re liking that last line shift. Without it, the whole haiku loses its edge. Have a lovely weekend and good writing. I think we’re both on the up! 🙂 🙂

  • Miranda Stone says:

    And I just saw that Chris mentioned the circle of life above. Of course he did. Honestly, I didn’t even read that comment beforehand! Darn you, Chris, and all your insight! 🙂

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