Brackish and Burble | Haiku

Morning folks,

A couple of nippy haiku to redden your cheeks…


Moonlit, dull-white ice

Creaks and groans. Ponderous stasis

Atop brackish murk.




Burbling rush of

Overwrought gutters, choked with

Autumn’s ragged leaves.



Things I’ve read this week…

Gay Degani’s brilliant piece ‘Windows’ is just about the perfect piece of winter flash fiction. Thoughtful, somber, and so delicately written, this will fill your sad-Christmas-story stocking no problem.

Louis’ blog on PhD journeys is always a cathartic read for me. So many of the problems and experiences described mirror those of my own, and what can be quite a lonely journey is made a little bit more enjoyable with the knowledge that someone out there is experiencing the same issues!

Thanks for reading, folks. Images courtesy of Robert Breckenridge and Wonderferret

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

12 thoughts on “Brackish and Burble | Haiku

  1. Wow your mind was really in the gutter with that second one, Matthew! ;))

    Is that photo up there yours, and recent? Beautiful… and the haiku is also a vivid snapshot, like Tom said… ahh, seems to reflect the hibernating mind…

    Also love the snippet about PhD life, and hope you will write more. In a previous comment you said you’d been prepping for an interview and practising flip chart presentations…. so, still a bit on tenterhooks at how that interview went, and what the flip chart presentations were about… please excuse my Phd patter ignorance, and feel free to enlighten us with a post, if/when the mood strikes… would be a great read for many of us. :))

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    1. As always, Nadine, as always! No I stumbled across the photo online and thought it was a cracker! Promotion interview for work, so I’ll find out in Feb(!) if I was successful. Just glad it’s out the way! How was your Xmas? The kids enjoy it?

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      1. Sorry couldn’t resist that joke Matthew. Maybe a bit OTT. :)) Ah ok about the photo. Sending good vibes for your promotion… wow that is a while to wait! But always good when the work of doing the thing is behind one. Xmas was lovely, the kids were very happy. How was yours?

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