Marilyn Speak

 High Five!
Pen       Paper
Cup of tea
Sit         Wait

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.

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