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it’s been ages

took my board
out yesterday. she said
You’re fat.

Well you’re dusty
let’s do this anyway.


survival is on the success spectrum
by default

this morning as we walked
back up the beach
she mutters, I’m not
dusty anymore.



I lean on a pandanus
they kept as a souvenir

the boys 
drive cars
in wet sand.

Before kids,

before rendered blocks
and squared lilly pillys,
the beach

and the road

700 metres
of casuarina, pandanus,
acacia and swamp weed.   

Tonka truck labyrinth
thinned crowds
to just mates

and girlfriends.  Surf
A-frames, sit
around night fires

behind the dunes
out of sight. 


I was in a haiku mood all day today.  While driving and working I kept thinking in captured moments and trying to find the essence of them.  What made those moments so unique?  What is going on at the core of them?  More senryu to come – which depicts human nature – the first one here is probably not haiku but senryu:


before dawn

across the wet grass

leg-rope tapping


in the front garden

a Spring morning dew

on my hammer


the old highway bridge

busy in its later years

fishing – in the sun



Learn more about the traditional Japanese poem of Haiku.

Rusty Paddle Out – Series of Haiku

Dry Dusty Surfboard

Remembering Cold Ocean

Pushing Through Waves

Mechanical Arms

Pulling Handfuls Of Ocean

Pumping Human Oars

Raging Torrents Roll

Angry Ocean Charging Bull

Relentless Crashing

Breathless Gasping Air

Silence! Freight Train Roars Above

Burst Up To Surface

Tormented Sand Bank

Abused Beaten Torn Apart

Roars Behind. Below.

Silence! Different World

Massive Rolling Ocean Walls

Bearing Down Slowly

Ageless Paddle Fight

Over. Until Time Again

Rest Tired Oars

Copyright © Andrew Phillips 2009

Haiku (俳句, haikai verse?), plural haiku, is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 moras (or on), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively. Haiku typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, and a kireji or verbal caesura. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to parallel the three metrical phrases of Japanese haiku.