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The Poems: CANAL WALK… | IN THE CRADLE OF THE RIVER AIRE | TITUS STREET | HOPE HILL

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JOHN NICHOLSON POETRY PRIZE

Entry: CANAL WALK by Bruce Barnes

CANAL WALK…
a haiku sequence    
by Bruce Barnes

Walking by water
is like having a steady
hiking companion.

the cirrus clouds send
invites to the unmasqued ball;
who will we meet there?

trees mislead, they tell
us green but come the autumn
they blush with their lies.

swan white set bobbing
against the coloured leaf floats,
a gift from canal and trees.

a dog's stick, a charmed
stone on the path; what will we
take to see us home?

people on a bridge
meet the other side of still
water and forget.

Saltaire is busy
with history and tea cakes;
Victorians eat.

 

   

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