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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3


Refreshment Stops
Diana Webb


On the year's hottest day, we walk down through woods towards a village with no school, no church, no shop; just a few small houses and a pub that's closed on Mondays.

cool forest floor–
in a clearing
the green of bracken

A stream runs alongside the path then crosses it surprisingly, the way made dry with stepping stones, dark earth beyond moist under scantily shod feet.

out of the trees–
on a line of washing

We glimpse into someone's garden. Giant rhubarb. Outside the front door, on a small round table with a pink checked cloth, preserves for sale. Sound of a bee.

shifting the chutney lid–
the snug space
inside a foxglove


Diana Webb Diana Webb is very much interested in the connection between haiku and well-being.She has run workshops in haiku related writing at an arts centre for people with experience of mental distress. Much of the inspiration for her own writing comes from the area around the River Mole in Leatherhead near London where she lives. Currently she is events officer for the British Haiku Society and is hoping to promote haiku and haiku related forms among a wide range of people.