AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Monday, April 2, 2012


Slate skies and slate seas
Sands scrubbed with yesterday's feet
Spirit deserted

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Today's Prompt - Deserted


Ellecee said...

I enjoyed your haiku very much, especially the second line. Thank you.

Tarang Sinha said...

Lovely haiku and image!:)

Sanjana said...

amazing lines..completely insync with the picture! thankyou.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Are we, I wonder, ever "spirit deserted"? We feel that way, of course, but can we trust those feelings?

Just musing this morning!

Deserted Branches

CYNOSURE said...

Loved the last line..."spirit deserted"...beautiful one...rather a perfect ending i'd say... :)

carol l mckenna said...

well expressed haiku ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Sri Valli said...

Sands scrubbed with yesterday's feet...Lovely expression...beautiful haiku :)
thanks for sharing

Karen said...

Beuatifully moody Gemma. I LOVE the second line.

Chevrefeuille said...

Good day Gemma, and so we ran into each other again after the few miles challenge this new challenge of Haiku Heights.

Nice haiku for this prompt. Lovely picture also. Together the make it a whole picture, so maybe you can call it a haiga.

Blessed Be.

Siggi in Downeast Maine said...

Lovely photo and words to go with it.
Siggi in Downeast Maine, USA

Anonymous said...

Great one, Gemma! :)

Anonymous said...

First line was my favorite--loved the symmetry and alliteration and wonderful description :)



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