Wednesday, 8 November 2017

haiku 8th November 2017

flower border
smothered by fallen leaves
blue sky

Monday, 6 November 2017

haiku 6th November 2017

into the blue
a single vapour trail
sharp frost

Monday, 30 October 2017

haiku 30th October 2017

first frost
my nasturtiums in ruins

cycle path

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

haiku 25th October 2017

sparrows
among the leaf litter
next year's seeds


© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

haiku 24th October 2017

dead leaves
covering the lawn
nasturtium tendrils


© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 23 October 2017

haiku 23rd October 2017

overnight rain
yesterday's bonfire
cold ashes


© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

haiku 18th October 2017

downward
a sky filled with Saharan sand
red light


© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

haiku 17th October 2017

blustery morning
kicking over the rubbish bin
red sun


© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

poems 16th October 2017

tomatoes
rotting on the vine
shrunken grapes


© Rachel Green 2017

nasturtium flowers
the reluctance of a guest
eating


© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

haiku 14th October 2017

blue sky
overhead clouds hurry to depart
rolling trash


© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

senryu 13th October 2017

blustery day
the brown patch on the lawn
dog pee


© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017

haiku 12th October 2017

misted windows
feathered cumulonimbus
fallen leaves


© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

haiku 9th October 2017

french lavender
bent low by the wind
old lady


© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017

haiku 5th October 2017

midnight screams
disturbing a night's sleep
garden fox

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

haiku 4th October 2017

 




green tomatoes
hanging from outdoor vines
a garden snail


© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

haiku 3rd October 2017

dead leaves
scattered across the lawn
tiny mushrooms


© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

haiku 2nd October 2017

birch tree
bending under high winds
red anoraked lady


© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

haiku

rain drops
spattering against the glass
birch leaves


© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

short forms 28th September 2017

demons
offer a choice
to accept a deal
or turn around and carry on.
Madness.


© Rachel Green 2017

weak sunshine
in the outside lavatory
a cranefly


© Rachel Green 2017

promises
to a fictional character
unfulfilled
I should do better
I'm a terrible god


© Rachel Green 2017

old dog
five minutes to get down stairs
used to be five seconds

At the bottom
he forgets what he was doing
goes up again

is there food available?


© Rachel Green 2017

in the end, she wanted respect

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017

short forms 25th September 2017

Chloe
still trying hard
looking for a new plot
of a more literary bent.
Cornwall


© Rachel Green 2017

french lavender
flowers through leaf litter
downpour


© Rachel Green 2017

afternoon work
mowing the lawn
between showers
not an easy task
clogged blades


© Rachel Green 2017

painting demons
a garden statue
revisited
acrylic paint
and Winton inks
depth of colour
From a distance, it looks black


© Rachel Green 2017

weight gain. extra gym sessions required

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 23 September 2017

haiku 23rd September 2017

osteospermum
a last flush of colour
before the frost

Friday, 22 September 2017

haiku 22nd September 2017

autumn exuinox
rolls in with warm sunshine
grass pods

Thursday, 21 September 2017

haiku 21st September 2017

raindrops
on the window
a fly shivers


© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

haiku

wet grass
covered in craneflies
sunlit window


© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Another day of no poems.




The last apple bought in Amsterdam, consumed.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

short forms 17th September 2017

Chloe
moving her house
to mid America.
Endearing British accent
Terror


© Rachel Green 2017

glimmers of sun
from an overcast sky
swallows


© Rachel Green 2017

full house
various people
on bed and sofas
towel cupboard
slowly emptied


© Rachel Green 2017

evening fire
a bit early for Mabon
but welcome

hissing flames
dry conifer branches
and willow logs

sulking elder


© Rachel Green 2017

Nightmares. A refugee from American Threats.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

short form poetry

no threat
can disturb her
search for her brother's truth.
Did he die for nothing at all?
Hatred.


© Rachel Green 2017

overnight rain
the penalties of long grass
hidden dog poo


© Rachel Green 2017

annual review
booked in for weeks ahead
first available date
I can't help thinking
I've got fat again


© Rachel Green 2017

doctor's trip
referral to gender clinic
for T-blockers

referral to ENT
to get my nose broken
and repaired

increased Prozac


© Rachel Green 2017

her size depresses her. More prozac?

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

short forms 14th September 2017

new art
definition
for public sculpture park
"Kids could climb on that" defines worth.
Funding.


© Rachel Green 2017

wind blown clouds
reveal a moment of sunshine
wet grass


© Rachel Green 2017

doctor's appointment
you take what you're given
or not at all
Today clashes with jiu-jitsu
farewell, passion hobby


© Rachel Green 2017

worn out
boxing lesson
in jiu-jitsu

in the afternoon
a little sleepy
takes over

("she's old and needs naps")


© Rachel Green 2017

She needs more sleep, these days

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

short forms 12th September 2017

his death
prompts funeral
rising costs at the shop
the undertaker's essential
service


© Rachel Green 2017

swifts
sweeping across the moorland
purple heather


© Rachel Green 2017

toadstools
creep like stubby fingers
on the forest floor
the dogs avoid them
rotting scents


© Rachel Green 2017

lethargy
infesting age
into my bones

so many stories
running through my head
so many books

so little enthusiasm


© Rachel Green 2017

overeating. An extra gym session required.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

short forms 9th September 2017

father's
blackened body
hooked up to life support
his face a glimpse of horror movie
for real


© Rachel Green 2017

sideways trees
and a downpour of rain
sunshine


© Rachel Green 2017

scattered friends
around the globe
community
psychotic writers
living in harmony


© Rachel Green 2017

losing ground
my interest in jiu-jitsu
waning

my teacher's interest in me
already waned
he has a new favourite

I cancel a competition


© Rachel Green 2017

faith in internet relationships now restored

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 10 September 2017

short forms 10th September 2017

her  dad
self-immolated
in a garden fire
and never regained consciousness.
burned husk


© Rachel Green 2017

rain
cold Sunday morning
spattered lavender


© Rachel Green 2017

late chats
Ash shows me mods
for Skyrim
I go to bed late
but wake early


© Rachel Green 2017

It went well
we seem to like each other
on real life

fish and chips
and chatting around the table
my terrible coffee

Even Ash is animated


© Rachel Green 2017

self confidence lowered. Still needing validation.

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 9 September 2017

short forms 9th September 2017

living
in the present
with one foot in the past.
Memories of her dead brother.
Terror.


© Rachel Green 2017

sycamore leaves
covering the wet grass
crocosmia stripped bare


© Rachel Green 2017

a minute
staring at the wardrobes
and the pattern of light
I'm convinced I'm in Amsterdam
rather than Chesterfield


© Rachel Green 2017

post-holiday blues
remembering the day
missing appointments

I was supposed to have lessons
in jiu-jitsu and others
but completely forgot

missing Holland


© Rachel Green 2017

Trepidation. Meeting an old livejournal friend.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017

short forms 27th August 2017

his ghost
waiting for her
in the park's boating pond.
She wants to join him there but she's
afraid


© Rachel Green 2017

morning heat
over the asphalt dog poo
slug trails


© Rachel Green 2017

unofficial birthday
DK's family party
hall booked
The house seems quieter
than I expected it to be


© Rachel Green 2017

blah blah blah
something about life
or personal goals

mild complaint
observation about life
family quirks

funny conclusion


© Rachel Green 2017

She writes about writing. Total failure.

© Rachel Green 2017

Saturday, 26 August 2017

short forms 26th August 2017

regrets
lost childhood
her father's ashes are
scattered onto the boating lake
duck food


© Rachel Green 2017

teasels
dry and rattling
poppy heads


© Rachel Green 2017

full house
the delight of children
who like me
less so the incoming visitor
who thinks I'm a freak


© Rachel Green 2017

skipped gym
in favour of gardening
sweating profusely

chopping down summer growth
thanks to the extended rain
rotting fruits

full bin


© Rachel Green 2017

morning pain. The regrets of yesterday

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

short forms 25th August 2017

her dog
resurrected
by an angelic friend
Her father is terrified of her.
Breakdown


© Rachel Green 2017

one shoe
left behind in the woods
traces of blood


© Rachel Green 2017

overdrawn
a message from my bank
via text
why yes, I am stupid
thank you for asking


© Rachel Green 2017

old dog
deaf and blind
still likes his walks

I drag him to the woods
but while he's there
he knows his way through

heads home without me


© Rachel Green 2017

Smile! A new wave of depression.

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017

short forms 24th August 2017

recycling
among
the detritus
of her father's old house
a box of computer diskettes
five-inch


© Rachel Green 2017

teasels
dry heads rattling
poppy seeds


© Rachel Green 2017

throwing
I'm pretty useless
at any of them
Maybe I should find
a different school


© Rachel Green 2017

manuscript
requires overhaul
no contents list

Dude, it's a novel
why do you need html links
to consecutive chapters?

just use the bookmark feature


© Rachel Green 2017

Her dog, waiting for cereal milk

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

short forms 23rd August 2017

amidst
the house chaos
she clears the table
ready for an evening meal.
Corn flakes.


© Rachel Green 2017

summer skin
reddening despite the cold
tomatoes


© Rachel Green 2017

driver
for Celia's Taxis
parks adjacent to Lu's bike
I don't trust him as a driver
he takes too many risks


© Rachel Green 2017

conversations
with my post-teenager
old people and gardens

cinematic trope
old people have flowers
(indicates my garden)

"no offence," they say


© Rachel Green 2017

she sets up a revised version.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

short forms 22nd April 2017

three things
she wants to change:
her mother's suicide,
her brother's murder, her father's
hatred


© Rachel Green 2017

August heat
must be somewhere else
overcast


© Rachel Green 2017

the blue rose
they bought me last year
now mauve
maybe, like hydrangeas,
it required tea leaves


© Rachel Green 2017

across the road
the council decorators
have a fag break

overalls and beer bellies
while the tenant
explains his visions

mormons pass them by


© Rachel Green 2017

old game. rekindled love. happy girl

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 21 August 2017

short forms 21st August 2017

mistype
unwanted mail
shuffled to wrong department
wish fulfillment is understaffed
processed


© Rachel Green 2017

shiny red apples
deceptively unripe
pig food


© Rachel Green 2017

council vans
invading the street
no parking
all the council houses
are being decorated


© Rachel Green 2017

worst dreams ever
the first where I work for the DSS
and get disciplined for incompetence

The second
where the neighbours gang up on us
destroy our garden

anxiety much?


© Rachel Green 2017

stinging eyes. Disturbed sleep. Night terrors.

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017

short forms 20th August 2017

the twist
she didn't expect
it was her own email
that was the catalyst for his
demise


© Rachel Green 2017

willow branches
scraping the ground
relieved cat


© Rachel Green 2017

sudden loss
googling your ex
to discover they died
such mixed feelings
mostly relief


© Rachel Green 2017

three dogs
at the top of the stairs
waiting

I'm in the bathroom
and they won't descend
without me

The cat at the bottom


© Rachel Green 2017

adult pleasures. She'd rather have sparred.

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

short forms 18th August 2017

a shame
her late father
was working to a cure
ridding himself of his vast hoard.
house fire


© Rachel Green 2017

honey bees
a fly-past of the lavender
gone to seed


© Rachel Green 2017

leg day
I manage to press
300 pounds
I regret it today
sore thighs


© Rachel Green 2017

my niece's birthday
she'd be 30 or so now
I haven't seen her since she was six

I google her father,
discovered his recent death
in a 'garden fire'

forgive my laughter...


© Rachel Green 2017

after prolonged absence, her neck pain returns

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

short forms 17th August 2017

her life
carefully set
denied by publisher.
Guess she'll meet a demon instead.
New life.


© Rachel Green 2017

English lavender
fades with the passing sun
French blooms


© Rachel Green 2017

missed calls
different numbers
same prefix code
one suspects spammers
I choose to ignore


© Rachel Green 2017

chaos begins
DK's birthday month
starts tomorrow

first guests arriving
for the monster party
anxiety rising

will the dog survive?


© Rachel Green 2017

her terrible dream. Choking a dog.

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

short forms 16th August 2017

demons
her recent past
returns to the present
encounters with her childhood
not-friends


© Rachel Green 2017

cloud cover
the delicate smile
morning glory


© Rachel Green 2017

number three
tells me about the drama
on YouTube
I really don't care
my eyelids feel heavy


© Rachel Green 2017

Scheduling euthanasia
for the ancient dog
the day after tomorrow

blind, deaf
sometimes incontinent
struggles to walk

he seems chirpier today


© Rachel Green 2017

Night terrors. She wakes exhausted. Dawn.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

short forms 15th August 2017

she tries
to protect him;
grows tough with the need to
beating away the older boys
who taunt


© Rachel Green 2017

sparrow song
in the hedgerow
blackberries


© Rachel Green 2017

online gaming
I join a campaign group
to tackle group content
within five minutes
they vote to kick me out


© Rachel Green 2017

a weekend away
leaves my arms sunburned
and insect bitten

I spend Monday itching
and Tuesday with raised bites
Peeling Wednesday

fading love for jiu-jitsu


© Rachel Green 2017

weekend high leads to low morale

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017

short forms 14th August 2017

father
no longer here
but for the memory
of a man in utter despair.
Hoarder
.

© Rachel Green 2017

new lawn
the shoots of an old willow
mown down


© Rachel Green 2017

was that summer?
two days of sunshine
and burned shoulders.
A return to grey skies
and alabaster


© Rachel Green 2017

teasels
one of my favourite
wild plants

I find seedlings everywhere
cracks in the patio;
growing in the lawn

removed with apologies


© Rachel Green 2017

against the skyline, Her fading dreams

© Rachel Green 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

short forms 13th August 2017

body
jigsaw puzzle
scattered across Hamburg
a new German Jack the Ripper
Crime scene


© Rachel Green 2017

morning heat
the torquay sunburn
stinging


© Rachel Green 2017

Sorry I missed you
a not from Hermes
(the parcel service)
No indication of where
or how I get the package

© Rachel Green 2017

back from Torquay
red, red arms
from a long walk

I love everything about that town
the seedy, seventies vibe of everywhere
the tawdry couture



© Rachel Green 2017

Birthday. Another year nearer the grave

© Rachel Green 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

short forms 11th August 2017

she cares
about the past
wants to know what happened
to make her brother kill himself.
Her fault?


© Rachel Green 2017

nasturtium flowers
spilling onto the pavement
honeybees


© Rachel Green 2017

blind dog
steps on his roomie
dogfight ensues
poor old fellow
pick on constantly


© Rachel Green 2017

early rise
after a dogfight
wakes everyone

Lu in the bathroom
I head downstairs
pills and potions

Upstairs, my alarm wakes Bagpuss


© Rachel Green 2017

Another year gone. depression sets in.

© Rachel Green 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

short forms 10th August 2017

she's lost
in a world passed
her father buried anew
and his house alive with the rot
of years


© Rachel Green 2017

red apples
peeking through the hedgerow
blackberries


© Rachel Green 2017

it gets harder
to write short poems
a life worth nothing
a relatively quick death
is too much to ask for


© Rachel Green 2017

amalgamating hard drives
a residue of pictures
twenty years

most are corrupted
old memories fading
into unknown formats

photographs didn't do that


© Rachel Green 2017

Her memory; corrupted like computer files

© Rachel Green 2017

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

short forms 9th August 2017

no fucks
given for love
he arranges 'lessons'
to turn his young daughter away
from life


© Rachel Green 2017

crocosmia
a spark of colour against rain-swept green
discarded litter


© Rachel Green 2017

projects
going boom boom
dismay
five hours work lost
to a corrupted file


© Rachel Green 2017

rain stops briefly
where did the summer go,
Mr Trump?

No, I could not be
an American Immigrant
not wealthy enough

at least I learned tolerance


© Rachel Green 2017

she eats beans on toast. Regrets.

© Rachel Green 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

short forms 8th August 2017

old prints
of her parents
before she was alive.
They look happier than they did
after


© Rachel Green 2017

microcosm
ecosystem of a tall plant
water droplets


© Rachel Green 2017

cold and wet
The dogs wait patiently
for their walk
I am reluctant
to be rained on


© Rachel Green 2017

ragged poppies
long gone to seed
withered leaves

I'd cut them down
but it's too wet to collect
for next year's plants

summer decay


© Rachel Green 2017

large parcel. She guesses its contents.

© Rachel Green 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

short forms 7th August 2017

her love
becomes hostile
when she sees the damage
her family has suffered in
the past


© Rachel Green 2017

wind and rain
the delights of summer
blackberries


© Rachel Green 2017

fresh grass
in barren soil
summer rain
remind me to write
an Amazon review


© Rachel Green 2017

chatting to Lu
about my depression
Another year gone...

At least you've achieved something
she says with a smile
you're fitter than you were

but less productive, it seems


© Rachel Green 2017

Happily, her dog is still alive.

© Rachel Green 2017