Bustle and Beat | Haiku

Good morning folks,

I was out in my garden this week when a skein of geese flew overhead. The sight always reminds me of The Book of Merlyn in T. H. White’s The Once and Future King and Lyo-Lyok the goose talking to Wart on the mudflats about freedom and war. White was a passionate bird watcher and his enthusiasm is apparent in what is a beautiful piece of writing. The slim ‘v’ in the sky provided the inspiration for this set of haiku.


Bustle, bill, and honk.

Restlessness on the mudflats.

A glance, a stretch, flight.


A white-fronted front,

Chevroned against the turquoise.

Wings beating northbound.

Things I’ve read this week…

Chris Hall’s ‘The Facility‘ microfiction series is a wonderfully dark and twisted dystopian tale. She is not new to keeping her readers hooked through these series, with each snippet having its own narrative arc within the wider story. She makes us feel the white tiles and dull chrome of the The Facility. She makes us smell the disinfectant and hear the echoes in the long, stark corridors. Wonderful stuff.

Chris Terrell’s commentary on choice of subject for sketching is a lovely insight on an artist’s process. I had a look through Chris’s work and loved it.

*Thanks for reading, folks. Images courtesy of Wikipedia and Pixabay.*

Matthew Richardson is a writer of short stories. His work has featured in Gold Dust magazine, Literally Stories, Close to the Bone, McStorytellers, Penny Shorts, Soft Cartel, Whatever Keeps the Lights On, Flashback Fiction, Cafelit, Best MicroFiction 2021, and Shooter magazine. He is a doctoral student at the University of Dundee, a lucky husband, and a proud father. He blogs at www.matthewjrichardson.com and tweets at https://twitter.com/mjrichardso0

14 thoughts on “Bustle and Beat | Haiku

  1. Your pair of haiku are delightful, Matthew. I tend to feel rather wistful watching birds migrate, especially these days. Thanks for the shout out and your very kind words. (feeling flattered). I popped over to look at Chris’s sketchbook and notes. They show such interesting observations. I thought it was the preserve of writers to sit in cafes eavesdropping!

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  2. it is devilishly difficult to write haiku on bird flight which are fresh and inventive, Matthew, but you’ve managed to pull it off — on the haiku which I’ve written I’ve tended to concentrate on the stragglers of which often there are a few —

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