he sings
in coffee-coloured tones
labeling the pickle jars
reminds me of autumns past
his music still haunts me

Whispers October 20 2016



I remember
our last goodbye
on the beach
how your footprints
filled with rain

the jasmine
spreads over the garden
with abandon
my hair unfurls unrestrained
on your pillow without you


drawn to your scent
I linger in your caress
and wonder
will I disappear if
you stop dreaming me

training corps
marking time with style
blue mink stockings
bomber jacket, skirt
we made love not war

you call me
from the far east
this day
I watch a leaf fall
from your tree


I try to put
the words of the wind
in my poem
this windswept place
reminds me of you


the life buoy
detached from its moorings
frolicking in the waves
we catch and return it to its chain
wondering if we could feel so free


I dream of
a cuckoo calling
my heart
an empty nest
since you left


a shimmer on the stair
a trace of your scent
lingers in my memory
and fills the air I breathe


crows caw
announcing the day
in the stark dawn light
my soul lingers with you
your memory follows behind me


The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

About Martha Magenta

Martha Magenta is an award-winning haiku poet living in Bristol, England, UK. She has a passion for herbalism, gardening, veganism, animal rights, Earth and the environment. She has worked for ActionAid, and Friends of the Earth. Her poetry, haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded first, second and third prizes and Honourable Mentions in contests for haiku, tanka and haibun in 2017 - 2019. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017 and 2018. She collects her published work on a blog: https://marthamagenta.com/
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