Call and Cavern | Haiku

Happy Friday folks!

A couple of haiku to keep me honest…



Slate sea meets puce sky.

Wind-whipped elemental meld

Snatches words and warmth.





Rock-filtered bead,

From cavern arch detaches.

Circles form, then fade.


Here are a couple of things that took my fancy this week on WordPress…

In ‘Murder on the Haiku Express‘, Bluebellina re-imagines the art-deco-killing-on-a-train via the haiku form. It’s wonderfully-worked piece that captures the romanticism and suspense of the genre and well worth a moment of your time.

Another piece which struck me as particularly poignant this week was ‘Merrybrook‘ at Fruits, Bats and Stories. The juxtaposition between Helen and Edward during their commute to work is both compelling and horrifying and a reminder that even in the supposed dawn provided by #metoo there are power differentials that are exploited. A must-read.

Photo credits and thanks go to and

Matthew Richardson is a writer of short stories. His work has featured in Gold Dust magazine, Literally Stories, Near to the Knuckle, McStorytellers, Penny Shorts, Soft Cartel, Whatever Keeps the Lights On, and Shooter magazine. He is an absentee member of the Glasgow Writers Group, a PhD student at the University of Dundee, a lucky husband, and a proud father.

Not necessarily in that order

13 thoughts on “Call and Cavern | Haiku

  1. Question about workflow/process. Do you write the haiku first then find the pictures or are your haiku ekphrastic? If ekphrastic, how do you pick the photos? Is it as simple as “I was scrolling through instagram” or is there a specific process?

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    1. I always write first, search for images afterwards. Frequently problematic though as I can only rarely find a decent representation of what I had in my head! That’s before I even get to the question of whether the image is licensed for reuse/crediting the artist etc. I haven’t had any complaints yet! 🙄

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      1. I was hoping you’d say that. I was struck by how evocative the poems were of the images and thought, “Man, that’d be something if he wrote those first and THEN found the images.” Not that it takes anything away if they were ekphrastic, but finding such perfect images after the fact is quite a feat!

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