rolling on its back
in a freshly mown paddock
a white horse  

—Patricia Prime
        

About the author: Patricia has recently retired from teaching after 30 years, and now devotes some time to the reading recovery programme at her local school. She is the co-editor of the New Zealand haiku magazine Kokako and reviews editor of the online magazine Stylus. She writes short stories, poetry, reviews and articles, and likes to write collaborative poems with other poets.

Contact Patricia: pprime at ihug.co.nz.

 

Responses to the haiku for 27 July 2004 by Patricia Prime

  1.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-07-27 17:47:13
     

    up at 5
    working the fields till 7 --
    a tired worker

    -

  2.  
    john tiong chunghoo
    2004-07-27 23:14:33
     

    time of her life
    mother cat frolicks
    with kittens

  3.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-07-28 04:59:55
     

    up at 5
    working the fields till 7 --
    a tired migrant worker

  4.  
    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-08-03 04:09:55
     

    Dust bath -
    on the white horse's traces
    a flock of sparrows

  5.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-06 16:29:24
     

    walking by the river -
    the pilings of the old pier
    crusted with barnacles

  6.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-06 19:46:19
     

    summer evening, lucent moon -
    silent and still
    uncountable stars

    -

  7.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-07 14:55:49
     

    Bob, don't think you need the "lucent moon". Suggest:

    summer moon
    silent and still
    uncountable stars

  8.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-08 05:40:02
     

    kind lady,
    this particular thin-cloud night, my choice of "lucent" was to reflect it's shining and translucency; through "lucent", i aimed for a broader defining.
    --

    full moon
    my thoughts at midnight ...
    hanging low

  9.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-08 21:54:42
     

    the stillness of dawn . . .
    yet stirring in the leaves
    reveals a bird

  10.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-08 22:35:34
     

    stillness -
    never to take to the skies, again
    mortality

  11.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-09 21:39:04
     

    mission station
    fallen and dilapidated
    settlers' headstones

  12.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-09 22:27:06
     

    her life time -
    may-10-1802 to
    june-06-1805

  13.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-10 21:42:29
     

    strewn
    from the headland
    his ashes

  14.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-11 14:48:43
     

    noonday
    pale and blue ...
    the rooster's crows

    -

  15.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-12 21:05:30
     

    against the sky
    the Norfolk Pine's
    black silhouette

  16.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-13 04:16:01
     

    black --
    darker than that
    my walks at midnight

  17.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-13 15:17:30
     

    Athens -
    up at dawn to watch
    the ceremony

  18.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-13 17:25:24
     

    ringing alarm
    one more sunrise --
    death in her sleep

  19.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-13 19:35:18
     

    for you
    I remember to buy
    camomile tea

  20.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-14 03:08:44
     

    thought i forget --
    i remember
    the winter evening, we first met

  21.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-14 15:27:48
     

    in and out of love
    the black cat surveys
    his territory

  22.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-14 20:04:51
     

    blue skies, water
    as far as the eye can see --
    dark clouds forming

  23.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-15 21:24:41
     

    spring thaw -
    appearing in the garden
    the first daffodil

  24.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-16 02:46:44
     

    remnant of snow
    on the rooftop --
    seedling struggles to grow

    -

  25.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-16 21:41:00
     

    heralding spring
    a branch of cherry blossom
    laden with snow

  26.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-18 05:03:34
     

    cherry blossoms
    on the wall
    cherry's pit, from seasons past

  27.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-18 21:39:32
     

    from California
    expensive black cherries
    I buy a handful

  28.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-19 01:34:08
     

    naturally sweet --
    in your words
    to florida

  29.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-19 20:32:52
     

    a TV programme
    about the everglades -
    snapping crocs

  30.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-20 05:58:31
     

    beneath my bed
    alligator shoes --
    childhood monsters

  31.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-20 14:38:06
     

    far away -
    remembrance of dad's
    two-toned dance slippers

  32.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-21 18:51:49
     

    distinct aroma
    wrinkle tobacco pouch --
    first time holding match

  33.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-22 21:51:22
     

    lately deceased
    all his pipes delegated
    to the rubbish bin

  34.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-23 18:23:17
     

    rummaging, on a cold morning
    one man's rubbish
    another's gem

  35.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-23 21:43:59
     

    daughter's graduation
    the sparkle of tiny gems
    in her necklace

  36.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-24 05:57:25
     

    broken string --
    pearls racing cross the ballroom floor
    violinist plays on

  37.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-24 21:46:02
     

    Carmen on stage
    granddaughter practices bullfight -
    I book tickets

  38.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-25 21:01:00
     

    imitation of life ...
    life is but a dream
    it seems

  39.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-25 21:58:00
     

    dreaming of birds
    I wake to the dawn chorus
    bell birds and tui

  40.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-29 19:25:50
     

    dawn -
    korimake's chimes
    speaks to me
    tui
    amidst the norfolk pine

  41.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-29 21:36:55
     

    norfolk pine
    a full yellow moon
    caught in its branches

  42.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-08-31 16:15:43
     

    misty ...
    full moon waning
    branch snags her locks

  43.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-08-31 21:31:20
     

    lost keys -
    as I wait for the locksmith
    the smell of fresh bread

  44.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-01 19:16:03
     

    lost glasses -
    in the window
    atop my head


    -


    the mockingbird's feather
    pale in comparison --
    to the blue jay's

  45.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-02 21:39:17
     

    opening the french doors
    I startle a sparrow
    in the bird bath

  46.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-03 07:56:43
     

    french bread aroma
    through the french doors ~
    my sultry french maiden

  47.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-03 15:45:37
     

    winter stew -
    chunks of french bread
    soak up the gravy

  48.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-03 22:39:38
     

    lack of meat
    in my winter stew ...
    remembrance of july outing

  49.  
    martin
    2004-09-04 12:25:54
     

    a horse fades in the rain
    the sound of leaves

  50.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-04 15:44:10
     

    water reflection -
    the bowed branches
    of a weeping willow

  51.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-04 16:12:21
     

    weeping willow --
    close by, weeping widow
    rains begin again

  52.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-05 21:52:09
     

    washing the dirt
    from my gardening boots
    again I hear the rain

  53.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-06 17:04:58
     

    pale-grey clouds
    a grey stallion
    rolls in the wet dust

  54.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-06 17:45:25
     

    on the barn
    the shadow of a foal
    cast by the sun

  55.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-06 20:32:50
     

    evening shadow on my wall --
    the lizard's tail
    wiggles

  56.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-06 21:11:02
     

    longer than her hair
    birthday ribbons
    on the girl's pigtails

  57.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-07 04:58:13
     

    father's pen
    dipped into the inkwell --
    my first love's pigtail

  58.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-07 21:21:10
     

    married with daughters
    those boys who used to dip
    my pigtails in the inkwell

  59.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-08 01:59:26
     

    to say, i do --
    gaze upon the stars at night
    yet, i daydream

  60.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-08 21:38:45
     

    exam time -
    daydreaming about her boyfriend
    she forgets to swat

  61.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-09 05:28:56
     

    examination time
    a lump in my throat ...
    a look in your eyes

  62.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-09 20:50:38
     

    English friends
    meditate in the abbey -
    my envy grows

  63.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-10 05:03:52
     

    strolling, hand in hand
    along the wall
    Ivy grows

  64.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-10 16:18:56
     

    a hand in mine
    I guide the blind man
    across the road

  65.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-10 16:52:29
     

    the night sky -
    unable to see
    my hand

  66.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-11 15:31:49
     

    flare of a match
    beneath the lamppost
    the rain's scrim

  67.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-11 16:08:56
     

    scrim --
    rainy night, imposing your image
    my canvas

  68.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-11 16:19:19
     

    daughter's photo
    admired by my friends -
    she still looks 19

  69.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-12 04:23:04
     

    class reunion --
    memory's refusal to let go
    the way it was

  70.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-12 21:36:39
     

    class of '59 -
    what happened to them all
    I wonder

  71.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-13 09:32:20
     

    purple forget-me-nots
    held to her lips
    i wonder --

  72.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-13 21:44:47
     

    roadside gutter
    littered with cherry-blossom -
    gale force wind

  73.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-14 04:15:17
     

    hurricane winds --
    barren cherry tree
    roots exposed

  74.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-14 21:39:43
     

    root canal -
    expensive advice
    from the dentist

  75.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-15 03:46:06
     

    expensive,
    to spend
    or not spend one's life-savings,
    advice

  76.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-15 21:27:51
     

    appointment
    with the bank manager -
    investment advice

  77.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-16 04:14:19
     

    sunrise, through sleepy eyes --
    night watchman
    late for appointment

  78.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-16 20:54:59
     

    first sign of summer -
    girls in crop tops
    and short shorts

  79.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-17 10:58:06
     

    2nd sign of summer -
    my watching
    first signs

  80.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-17 15:25:53
     

    blossom emerging -
    purple of magnolia
    light pink of cherry

  81.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-17 21:06:41
     

    flying high
    touching a cloud's puffiness --
    ideal

  82.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-18 15:28:42
     

    son's birthday . . .
    I have to stretch up high
    to kiss him

  83.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-18 17:02:13
     

    noon greeting
    so tiny, a package
    a kiss upon her cheek

  84.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-18 18:46:04
     

    out of the window
    the place he hid as a youngster
    now overgrown

  85.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-18 19:28:05
     

    those hidden places
    diminished --
    in winter

  86.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-18 20:45:52
     

    how to make a link?
    inspirational places
    in the mind

  87.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-20 16:08:20
     

    unbreakable bond -
    aroma of the pine
    though i were blind

  88.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-20 19:29:21
     

    visiting
    the optician
    sight sorely tested

  89.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-20 21:50:07
     

    sight sorely tested --
    looking cross midnight
    where sunrise had formed

  90.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-21 13:35:23
     

    of like mind
    we could spend the days
    talking poetry

  91.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-22 20:00:45
     

    so many poems
    so little time --
    before evening comes

  92.  
    Patricia Prime
    2004-09-22 21:14:15
     

    sunset
    the black cat curls
    before the fire

  93.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-26 05:44:38
     

    sunset --
    stormy tropical morning
    palm fronds expose green fruit


    -

    sad, basho's banana tree never knew the wonders of bearing fruit

  94.