“I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Looking Out from Kerry’s Veranda

yellow blooms

dot the hillside

above the town

a stand of palms

tall and spindly –

heads move together

the mountain

is truncated, smoothed 

by swathing cloud

white truck 

blocks the lane –

car wriggles past

red sign

juts from a spread

of pale grey roofs

March afternoon –

clouds fill the sky

curls of grey

the church roof

rises in a point

aimed at the sky

a small mend

in the wire mesh 

focuses my gaze  

Some friends asked me, 'Teach us to write haiku.' As a start, I told them to write three-line observations of what they saw around us – plain descriptions, in present tense. 'These are not haiku,' I explained, 'but will put you into the mind-set of haiku.' I wrote with them, and later realised that what I had produced was (of course!) a series of small stones.


  1. Always love when you write the stones, Rosemary. I form pictures in my mind as I read them.

    1. Oh, that's so nice! I like writing them, too, and probably should do them more often, but I get caught up with other poetry and short prose at my 'Enheduanna's Daughter' blog or posting photos on facebook and sometimes Instagram....

  2. It's good to see you're keeping the practice of writing small stones alive, Rosemary. A lovely sequence here...Cynthia

    1. Thank you! Yes, I still do them, though far from daily. It's a wonderful practice to put me back in touch with myself and the world, any time that seems to be needed. Thus encouraged by you and Barb, maybe I'll do them more often.

    2. That would be great if you started up again. I've been neglecting blog-reading for the last four years and have recently been venturing out to make some visits again.

      I continued writing small stones in January every year, but made my blog private for a while. I opened it back up to the public recently. Not sure if I'll leave it open. Sometimes I just like it to be a private place for etching random thoughts and leave them in 'draft' mode. I think you, Barb and I might be the only ones still writing small stones. Take care...cynthia

    3. I think there are one or two more still doing them. Just had a look at yours. They are simply gorgeous! I hope you do leave them visible.


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