Heat and Haar | Haiku

Good morning everyone,

Blowing hot and cold with haiku this morning…



Heat-leached embers dim

Under salt-and-pepper logs.

Asleep by the fire.





A frozen forest

Petrified in breathless haar.

Steel blades in stasis.


Things I’ve read this week…

Susan Abernethy is a freelance history writer who I’ve been following on WordPress for some considerable time. Her articles are always well constructed, exquisitely researched, and unfailingly compelling. This article on Lady Katherine Grey is a case in point. Her site is an absolute treasure trove of knowledge.

Dylan Couch is a writer based near Lake Superior, Wisconsin. He is featured in The Fiction Pool this week with a fantastic short story called ‘A Lot’s Changed‘. The bleakness  of fractured domesticity is understated and yet so devastating for two children in this piece. There is some really elegant writing on display here, and it is one of those pieces that you really wish you had written!

Thanks for reading, folks. Images courtesy of Pikrepo and Jon Sullivan.

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



22 thoughts on “Heat and Haar | Haiku

      1. Always a pleasure, reading your writing. Tell me, how long have you got to go with your studies? Will you be changing your blog name to Dr Matthew any time soon? 🙂

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      2. Wow! That’s some commitment. I did my degree with the OU and that took six years part time. I think I might learn what have learned divorce is like if I’d attempted an MA though :). Hope it all goes brilliantly for you.


      1. 😀 😀 😀 Thanks for always being such a supportive reader and friend through my work! Wasn’t sure if changing it to Friday scheduling would be less hectic for people over the weekend. As long as it’s still consistent weekly, do you think that’s better?

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      2. I tend to do a lot of my WP catchup on Sundays, but as you are one of the authors whose sites I go to as a matter of course, I’ll be honest and say it doesn’t really matter to me when you post! If you’ve got something I haven’t read up, I’ll read it (even though I’m a few behind you and your so-damned-efficient schedule just now 😂).

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