Cup of tea
Here she is
This wild, silky otherness
Write it down.
written for my first Stanza meeting!
her baby asleep sleepless an old sixpence
a new mother forming the words 1955
hugs the silence I didn't say 11-plus and a chipped bone
deep in the temple cigarette lit
rolling gently a seated Buddha a painted statue
down the hill scent of jasmine sits down
Marilyn Speak is a 75 year-old Grandma, who has written occasional verse over the years, and has now fallen in love with the haiku form – though not the formal sort! High Five was written as her membership ticket to the Stamford Stanza group 3 years ago, who kindly gave her a High Five for it.