Happy New Year! I hope 2014 brings you all everything you need or wish for :-).
In the interests of stretching my creativity, I have decided to include some haiku in my blog every month in 2014. Call it a New Year's Resolution!
Now, I know there are some rules around haiku, but from what I've read it seems that they aren't set in stone. I understand the lines should flow into one another without stops and starts, although I have read many where this isn't the case. I hope you will forgive me any glaring errors in the form and it would be fabulous if you would like to contribute some haiku yourself in the comment box.
Yesterday, the last day of 2013, my husband and I took advantage of an hour or so's break in the persistent rain we have endured throughout the Christmas period and escaped to the countryside for some air.
Today's experiment is an offering of 5 haiku, inspired by yesterday's walk. (The photos were not taken yesterday, but on a December walk in the same place a couple of years ago.) Thanks for being here and for reading!
A Walk in the Country
Chilled beyond the bone,
bright cheeks, frozen toes and ears,
crisp grass underfoot.
A church spire, lonely,
spied across a furrowed field,
dark clods stiff with frost.
A soup of wet mud,
boots slipping in the scramble
to claim grassy verge.
face screwed, eyes wild with delight,
escapes to greet us.
Hot breath on cold air,
pub fire, conversations hum.
Refresh, refuel, thaw.
(The pictures are taken between Dedham and Flatford, the home of John Constable the artist and subject of many of his paintings.)