No Photos Today-Just a Haiku Word Picture of 5 Hours on the Train Through English Countryside From Cornwall to London

30 Sep

Landscape passing by,
Fields of green, hedges darker,
Emerald, olive.

Truro Cathedral-
Memories of being met,
Happy growing up.

Pale golden stubble,
Swiss rolls of hay, verdant fields,
Ploughed furrows.

Bell towers and spires,
Steeples, centre of village,
Places of worship.

Dead tree in a field,
Grey limbed branches reaching out
Solitary sculpture.

Michaelmas daisies
Pale blue hydrangea blossoms,
Last gasps of Summer.

White fluffy hedgerows,
Old Man’s Beard, Ragged Robin,
Red Autumn berries.

Riotous rugby,
Children’s playgrounds,old folks’ bowls,
All entertaining.

Coat-wearing horses,
Skipping goats and countless cows,
Deer with white bottoms.

Saltash in Cornwall
Platform too short for the train,
One door will open!

Yachts lined into tide,
Navy ships in for service,
Dinghies floating by.

Dawlish and Teignmouth,
Red cliffs and sunlight on waves,
Last views of the sea.

Free Pussy Riot!
Big graffiti on small bridge
In shocking pink paint.

Powderham Castle,
Thatched cottages, brick builds,
All homes of people.

Exeter Station,
Blue plaque to Royal Marine,
Killed, Afghanistan.

Many flooded fields,
Swollen over-full rivers,
Tumbling waterfalls.

Black faced sheep, shorn sheep,
Very white, exposed to all.
Unkind at end of Summer!

Westbury white horse
Carved into chalk hillside,
Been there for ever.

Penultimate stop-
Reading. London Paddington
Conurbation next.

Wonderful journey,
Observing lush countryside,
Composing Haiku!

Thank you for reading my Haiku journey!


Posted by on September 30, 2012 in poetry, postaday2012, Words


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17 responses to “No Photos Today-Just a Haiku Word Picture of 5 Hours on the Train Through English Countryside From Cornwall to London

  1. sustainabilitea

    November 27, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Well done!!


  2. Christy

    November 26, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Beautiful! Making me want to take that train ride myself. 🙂

  3. Don

    October 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Wonderful insights. Such a lovely way of presenting your journey. Really enjoyed it. Thank you.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comments. 🙂

  4. mixedupmeme

    October 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I never could write a haiku. 🙁 Mine always seems false and contrived. Yours are beautiful!

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you very much. I had several hours to think about them! 🙂

  5. Linda Willows

    October 1, 2012 at 7:26 am

    beautiful writing!

  6. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    October 1, 2012 at 6:25 am

    you have painted beautifully with words – no pictures necessary — you are a very skilled writer–I really enjoyed this — and each of the haiku could be taken on its own and has its own merit — you should take the train more often

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much! It was a lovely way to while away the journey. 🙂

  7. valeriedavies

    October 1, 2012 at 2:33 am

    So good to know that things don’t change, including the white horse

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      I’m glad you recognised the journey and that not too much had changed. 🙂

  8. Carol White

    September 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Beautiful description! When I saw the title I wondered if you would mention Westbury White Horse, and you did! I live in the village beneath it.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you. I’m glad you were pleased. Which village is that and am I right in saying it’s been there forever?

  9. Choc Chip Uru

    September 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    That is beautiful my friend – you don’t need pictures if you can write like that 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru


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