December 23, 2011
Between this blog and other active online haunts, I’ve been spreading my internet self a bit thin. But I’m a glutton for punishment, so I’ve started a Tumblr blog, provisionally titled Books & bits asthore.* So far it’s an erratic series of book excerpts, poems, and images from films.
Sentence first has been nominated in Macmillan Dictionary’s inaugural Love English Awards. You can vote for it, or for another language blog, on this page until 31 January. My expectations are non-existent, but I’m honoured to be in such great company, and I found a few new websites to explore. (Disclosure: I write for Macmillan Dictionary Blog.)
It’s a mild and sunny December day in the west of Ireland — Pseudocember, I’ve been calling it — and this is likely to be my last post before 2012. Thank you for your visits, comments, and innumerable kindnesses all year, and have a happy and peaceful Christmas.
moss on a wall in county Galway this morning
* I wrote about the Irish English word asthore here.
April 15, 2011
Walked and kept walking
till I saw turnstones
feeding in soft
on an empty shore.
So I waited there.
[This was originally a tweet in the heel of winter; it wasn't meant to become a lazy poem. To make it up to you, there are more birds here.]
December 11, 2010
Ireland has had record low temperatures this winter. My corner, the mid-west, has been spared the worst, but we got our share of snow, ice, freezing fog, and biting Arctic winds. All the more reason for long rambling walks…
Blue snow with tractor tracks
Green field disappearing
Orange sky over Galway Bay, with Brent Geese
If you’re in the mood for more, here are some from last winter, and here’s the photo archive.
October 5, 2010
Wind whisks the sea white
Whipping sand at face and hands,
Turnstones circle low.
The haiku is yesterday’s; the photo is from February 2009. I’ve shown gulls circling low because I don’t seem to have any photos of airborne turnstones.
[Edit: After reading the haiku on Twitter, Tom Guadagno sent me a link to this lovely video of turnstones and other birds on the Welsh coast.]
Feel free to add an autumn haiku in the comments section.
August 18, 2010
On Twitter a few days ago, I posted a photo accompanied by a rhyming couplet. Michele of Divinipotent Daily guessed that there was more to the story, so I’ve added more couplets to make a simple poem – but without giving too much away. Because where would the mystery be then?
Wanderers we numbered four,
Left the woods to roam the shore;
Splashy suds bespoke the tide –
A soundtrack for the countryside.
Grass and wildflowers led to stone,
Pointing to a place long known;
Nettles leant towards our knees,
Ivy crept from rocks to trees.
In we went, a-hunting mystery;
Muck we found, amidst the history.
Crumbling walls held musty air,
Held us rapt while we were there.
[All comments are very welcome, as always; comments in poetic form are especially welcome.]
July 24, 2010
You may glare
And cry “Unfair!”
I do not care.
I will not share.
A damselfly in no distress
Pauses now to take a rest.
A hovering visitor:
June 4, 2010
Leaf no.1 photographed on 25 June 2008.
Leaf no.2 photographed on 25 May 2010.
It makes me wonder what they’re putting in the soil around here.