Air and Alluvial | Haiku

Morning folks,

snow is on the ground here in chilly Scotland. Having the kids tag along meant that a planned walk at Whitelee Windfarm (below) didn’t get much further than the cafe, but we were rewarded by views of the freezing fog wreathing itself around the turbines. Here’s a couple of suitably frosty haiku…




Whumpfing displacement

Of frigid, frost-laden air.

Mist creeps, relentless.




Ponderous giant

Scars dell slopes and valley floors.

Alluvial grind.


Things I’ve read this week…

I’ve linked to Nadine quite a lot, but to be honest if she’s going to write things like this then it’s her own fault! Her piece ‘Myosotis inhalation‘ is just lovely – some really evocative imagery and some of the phraseology is just so delicate.

I actually stumbled upon 44.8 x 93.4 by Martha Nance by accident as I had just finished writing my frosty haiku above. This is a beautiful piece of poetry, an exploration of nature followed by a harsh coming-down-to-earth.

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

18 thoughts on “Air and Alluvial | Haiku

  1. I am squealing with excitement in my head right now. First I was thrilled to see your daiku appear at the top of the feed, then to read this perfect pairing, and *then* to see your link to my wee poem at the bottom — you just made my morning, friend, thank you, such kind but also smile-inducing words.

    As for the daiku – “Whumpfing displacement” !! I can hear it and feel it! and “Alluvial grind” – just wow, this glacier is a living entity. LOVE.

    Great images too. The second one, where was that lovely scenery?

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    1. Just had to mention that poem Nadine. Thought it was so well written. I think the picture is taken in Big Horn glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana. It was taken in 1961, so the glacier probably isn’t as large now!

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      1. Skrinkling my eyes again smiling. Thank you so much again. I loved that other piece by the way, that one by Martha Nance. Very beautiful. Got me all fired up about nature writing again. Wrote a quick piece this afternoon during a rainstorm. About the glacier, aha, thanks for the “cool” ;)) reference, and yes, wouldn’t it be interesting to see the “then vs now” contract images.

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      1. You’re welcome!
        Your blog was the source of my new friendship with the wonderful Nadine. She had liked one of my responses to you. I visited her to thank her and was dazzled by her talent. We are now following each other, and she recently commented on my two current poemish pieces, providing an insight on my work that. had escaped me.
        So thank you for that incidental intro!

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  2. two good ones here, Matthew ; learnt two new words from you: ‘dell’ as a verb, and ‘whumpfing’; I used the word ‘whumping’ to describe the sound magpies make when they come into land and you are nearby

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