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Welcome to my blog “Photos-Poetry-Haiku”. I hope you enjoy your visit. I am an Amateur Photographer / Poet from Dumfries in beautiful South West Scotland.

Evening Sail

I enjoy Minimalist Photography, sometimes single images, sometimes multiple images on a theme. Most images here will be in colour but I’ll include black and white images too.

Dalton Old Kirk

My poems tend to be short, I’m a Scot after all and words are precious things! I also write in Scots dialect. Whether Scots is a separate language or not, I’ll leave to others, I just like to write.

The above probably explains my interest in Haiku and its associated forms. I agree with the statement that syllable and line count are not vital in contemporary English (Scots!!!) language haiku. Many writers produce fine haiku using the 5-7-5 syllable count, however, I feel that counting English syllables in this way can make the haiku too long and can loose the essential quality of the form. Haibun are prose poems that use embedded haiku to enhance the overall effect, although the haiku should be able to stand on its own without referring to the prose. Haiga combine an image with a haiku in the same relationship as the two parts of a haibun.

Anyway, enough of the arty-farty stuff. Please use the menu to navigate, I’ll add and update as I go on, I’m still new to this! Also, please feel free to comment, one of the main points of this is to connect with like minded people.

By photos,poetry and haiku by Derek Ross

I am a photographer/ poet from Dumfries in South West Scotland. I concentrate on minimalist images and prefer using an iPhone these days. As far as my writing is concerned, I usually write short poems (some in Scots dialect), hence my interest in haiku and related forms.

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    1. Thanks again. I’m pretty new to the blog world. I started it as a way to get through lockdown. Fair chuffed you liked the Scots poem before, hope it wasn’t too difficult for you. Haiku and minimalist images go together I reckon. Anyway, great to meet you and hope all well with you over there. It’s a small world 👍🤗🙏🏻

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      1. Having watched a number of Scottish movies, I could absolutely hear the dialect in my head as I read your poem. It was magic. I hope you’ll continue to blog even after the world has been returned to a safe place. I enjoy both your photographs and your writing. Be well.

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  1. Hello Derek, from across the North Channel. I’m only finding you today and love your blog!
    I also write, but seasonal 3-line verses, and like you, I find the 5-7-5 syllable count too rigid. From my reading, I understand that the Japanese do not have punctuation marks as we know them but use “cutting” words instead and so in translation, these “cutting” words have been counted as syllables!
    I have signed up to follow you 🙋‍♂️ (By the way, this Ashley is male; think, Gone With The Wind, and that will give you an idea of my age).

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