Quiet Harbours In quiet harbours,Boats are breaking,Turning to rust, Slowly dissolvingInto the seaThat bore them.Their names peel off,Float away to joinThose lost fleets.Circling above,A lone gull triesTo call them back. Derek Ross
Author: 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.
The ChangeThe sky is soft,A fine snow driftsLike gossamer.Birds lift,Become silhouettes,They sense the squall,That gathers,Quietly.There’s a stingIn the air,A sharp burnOn chilled skin.Eyes waterAnd trees runOn the edgeOf vision.The sun is a pearl,Slowly settling Into a sedimentOf greying cloud.So it begins,That slow slide,From one world,To another. Derek Ross
Must be going through a minimalist grey period 😱 Enjoyed the process though.
UnfrozenThe sun is a candle,above the frozen wood,frost becomes breath,leaves crackle white.This place is soul deep,a still cleansing,that cannot last,as light creeps higher.The world drips in,trees begin to melt,behind a row of pine,a rowan bleeds. Derek Ross
Old WoodDown by the wood that hides the river,a startle of birds cackle skywards.A young deer, the colour of hazel,becomes an arrow, pierces the depthsof waist high grass by the waiting field.Two kites weave a net in a thermal,hoping to snare the unwary.Rabbits dive for cover, their tails flashof dangers they sense around them.The shadow… Continue reading Old Wood
The Same Sea
The Same SeaWe’ve all done it,inscribed our names in the sand,right there, on the edge of the sea.And watched, as waves rolled in,wiping our pages, washingour marks into the depths.That’s when we sensethose vast oceans, full of words,too many for our mouths to form.The seas have their own vocabulary,a mix of tongues, swirls of meaning,all… Continue reading The Same Sea
Let’s hope that hope will burn a bit brighter in 2023! All the best everyone. LichthooseWe awneed a lichthoose,noo an then,a flash o lichttae show us the wey,tae guide us in the mirk,tae tell us whar we are,mind us wir no alane.An noo,wi storms ragin,an mair getherin aw the time,we seek oot yon gleam,grasp it… Continue reading Lichthoose
The jiggery pokery temptation was just too strong today I’m afraid. 🤗🎄No birds were harmed in the making of these images, they follow me around, honest!!
SometimesSometimes, this troubled world can take our breath away,can be frozen and beautiful,where we can loose ourselves in the crisp and crunchof frost and footstep.Yet, we know we are adriftin a brief, but welcome thaw,that beyond our icy forests,there is a deeper, cruel cold,where tears freeze for realand peace seems far away.Still, there is the… Continue reading Sometimes
Minus 6C and frosty, fantastic! 🥶