Michael Edwards







Along the branches, where the dormant buds offer promises

of spring to come, the cascading  raindrops hang  like jewels on a chain

reflecting the cobalt patches of a sanguine sky. A  blackbird

shakes its wings and droplets  fly like sparklets, arcing and gently

falling into the moving waters below. In the village the pattering of raindrops

play pianissimo on  the window panes of the empty houses.


River banks broken

Winter floods across the land;

Homeless villagers.






  • Doggerel Dave

    A bucolic poem about a not very bucolic landscape at that moment. Very evocative.
    Thanks, Dave

    • Michael Edwards

      Thanks Dave - feeling a tad bucolic myself at the moment - too much pastry.

    • Robert Haigh

      So much rain lately. The countryside around where I live is waterlogged, as I'm sure it is are elsewhere. A poetic and descriptive write, Michael.

      • Michael Edwards

        Too much reclamation of flood plains leaving the rain with no option but to spill over where it's not wanted - at least that's the case round here.
        Thanks Robert.

      • dusk arising

        Two quite lovely pictures from you today M.E.

      • orchidee

        A fine write and pic M.
        Does Miss B ever have rain?

      • Fay Slimm.

        Sp clearly described I was there and watching those drops of cascading rain - a meaningful posting of the disaster wintery floods can wreak

        • Michael Edwards

          Yes always a tad scary in the lower half of our village Thank you Fay.

        • Jerry Reynolds

          Loved the poem and the watercolor,
          which contains some irony.
          Make a wrong choice nature will be a
          ruthless critic.

          • Michael Edwards

            You play with nature at your own peril - thanks Jerry.

          • FredPeyer

            You are really getting the hang of that haibun format, Michael. Well done.

            • Michael Edwards

              Yes I do like the form - cheers Fred.

            • Neville

              ... this is rapidly becoming one of my most favourite poetic forms ... superbly executed Michael ...

              • Michael Edwards

                And mine and it's all thanks to Jerry who introduced it here on MPS. Cheers Neville.

              • Goldfinch60

                What a wonderful poem Michael.

                The artwork is great as well.


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