butterfly dust



and when my thoughts
have followed the rosewood grain
of sunset
swirling dark from the eaves


I rest my mind
with the world
in the stillness
of the heron’s raised foot


Notes from the Gean, volume 3, issue  2. autumn 2011


butterfly dust…

the question I never

dared to ask



the buzzard’s eye

fills with sky


Acorn, no. 27  Fall 2011


I was delighted to have some poems included in Margaret Dornaus’ recent Day of the Dead post on her lovely haiku and tanka blog, Haiku-doodle . a moving tribute and collage of memories. Thank you, Margaret.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kirsten Cliff - Swimming in Lines of Haiku
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 21:18:43

    My favourite here is ‘butterfly dust’. Exquisite poetry, Claire. And thank you for sharing here, otherwise I wouldn’t have seen your haiku from the pages of Acorn!


    • Claire
      Nov 06, 2011 @ 11:54:58

      Thanks Kirsten, your words mean so much. Lovely to have a newly wed finding the time to read and comment on my poetry 😉




  2. Margaret Dornaus
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 03:54:23

    Thank you, Claire. I feel so privileged to have your voice on my recent post . . .

    I love these poems as well. Especially “thunderhead” . . . what a great image! I just subscribed to Acorn. Can’t wait to sit down with it for a nice long read.

    Best, Margaret


    • Claire
      Nov 06, 2011 @ 11:53:14

      Thanks, Margaret. It was my pleasure…and yes, Acorn is a fantastic journal, great haiku cover to cover and I feel privileged to be included. I love what you did in your blog post and find it so inspiring the way many poets are coming together like this.

      All Best,


  3. Brian
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 06:38:04

    in the stillness
    of the heron’s raised foot

    Wondrous stillness in this image. It brings me peace. Thank you, Claire.


    • Claire
      Nov 07, 2011 @ 10:13:41

      Thank you, Brian. I find such peace myself, watching a heron or an egret through a scope, it’s as if the world beyond has ceased to exist. Such intensely primitive beauty. They leave me in awe.


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