Poetry Centre

Spring Leaves

  • A haiku project at the OutBurst festival


    Organized by Dr Caroline Jackson-Houlston, Spring Leaves invited visitors to the OutBurst Festival to compose a haiku inspired by the season of spring and by images provided by Dr Jackson-Houlston. A selection of these haiku is reproduced below.

    Participants were encouraged to use the traditional form of three lines, with five syllables in the first, seven syllables in the second, and five syllables in the third line.

     Sunshine and showers
    Green spikes piercing the hoarfrost
     Spring leaves unfolding

    by Ros Tallett

    In Memoriam Ros Tallett, 23 October 1938 – 19 June 2014.

    Leaves of spring cherry
    Are red as autumn maple:
    Petals fall like snow

     by Caroline Jackson-Houlston

    apple tree after rain

    washed black trunk, branches
    necessary pipework, spray
    leaves of palest green

     by Helen Newdick

    Green leaves, white legs out
    expectant in the cool air
    Waiting for the sun

     by Rose Stevens

    Soft as a pillow
    Obscure like a answer that has not been spoken
    Moves carefully in the wind

     by Olivia Barton

    Summer’s nice and warm;
    In winter the cold frost bites.
    Spring is just confused.

     by Bruno Rogers

    A green Medusa
    spills her hair over the pool
    and cries, noiselessly.

     by Niall Munro

    Moth-like evergreen
    Extend from the darker tips:
    Verdant antennae.

     by Eleanor Douglass

    Spring leaves lush & green;
    sunshine spreading brightness;
    life goes on.

     by Pankaj KC