Helen May Williams

 

 

 

From Michel Onfray’s Before Silence: a year’s haiku

Spring

9
Sea’s iris
Wheat’s golden blond
Milk-white skin.

Saturday, 6th April, 4.29 p.m.
In nostalgia for being, far from nothingness
At my desk

10
A shiny worm
In the palm of my hand
Light of the world.

Night of Sunday, 7th April to Monday, 8th April
Childhood memory
Argentan

11
In the night
I was woken
by my cat’s dream.

Night of Sunday, 7th April to Monday, 8th April
Between two bouts of sleep
Argentan

12
Cast by the kite
Above the cemetery
Shadow falls on tombs.

Ibid

13
On plum tree branch
Cock chaffinch sings
A solitary note.

Monday, 8th April, 10.55 a.m.
At my desk

14
First butterfly
Spring’s solemn promise
No illusion this.

Thursday, 11th April, 2.42 p.m.
Waiting for results of medical tests
Looking out my bedroom window

15
A rotting pear lies
Forgotten in the fruit bowl
I too shall rot.

Thursday, 11th April, 11.06 p.m.
At my desk

 

 

 

Helen May Williams is a poet and author. She runs the Poetry Society Carmarthen-based Stanza group. Her chapbook, The Princess of Vix is due for publication by Three Drops Press in June 2017. She has recently completed a translation of Michel Onfray’s Before Silence (Avant le Silence). https://helenmaywilliams.wordpress.com/

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