Lancashire Haiku by Shelley White
PUBLISHED: 12:43 18 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:42 20 February 2013
Shelley White has a Certificate in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She has written a few haikus about Lancashire
Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry consisting of three short lines that encapsulate a moment in time in vivid imagery. The subject is traditionally the natural world.
The three sets of haiku below were written during walks (ginkgo in Japanese) around Preston, Haighton, Fulwood, Bleasdale and the surrounding countryside.
Bounded by a moat once water-full
Where ghosts slip away
New Chingle Hall Farm
Leaping across the field
A startled deer, eyes fixed
Padding through the bluebells
A Boxer and a Jack Russell
Hopping from pebble to pebble
Two grey wagtails
Making shadows on the hillside
Bronze age circle
Filling the surrounding ditch
Last autumn's leaves
Path by the Ribble
Clustering in the oak trees bark
Cosy on a nest of straw, plastic and rope
An expectant swan
Winter Ribble, low tide
The white flash of a goosander
Bobbing for fish
Shelley White has a Certificate in Creative Writing from Lancaster University.
Her stories, poems and flash fiction have been published in the book, 'Health Matters' (2008), Aware, the Lancashire Evening Post, Words With Jam, The Pygmy Giant and Every Day Poets.
Her haiku has been published in Scribblers On The Roof.
Shelley tweets in haiku at www.twitter.com/haikumad