Nama

click sounds in the sand ~ desert land coming alive ~ with ancient voices —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Feather-painting

birds in black and white ~ with their freedom of the skies ~ wings of the mind’s eye —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Settle

guineefowl laughing ~ evening colours aglow ~ Africa to rest —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Nuance

reading the same lines ~ over and over they say ~ many different things —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Centered

still and focused ~ we are standing on the beach ~ around us a storm —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Catch-me-if-you-can

playing cat and mouse ~ in the words of these pages ~ dancing a duet —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Observation

discovering the world ~ through your shiny brown eyes ~ this childhood a joy —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Spitzkoppen

ancient hills hanging ~ distant fata morgana ~ of another world —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Unreal

an experience ~ with time becomes fantasy ~ imagination —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Detachment

on these empty shores ~ in a world of distancing ~ social solitude —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Close

a still afternoon ~ and my thoughts return to you ~ green moss to grey stones —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Good morning

would I know you if ~ we did not share a breakfast ~ amongst all the words? Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Chorale

voices in a choir ~ give sound to our solitude ~ amidst the crowds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Boundless

we can be silenced ~ but thoughts cannot be quarantined ~ words have wings to fly —©  Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Confetti

dreaming in pastels ~ thoughts about life’s pure joy ~ every moment spent —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Warm-wet

in the soaking rain ~ which here is not cold at all ~ we are enveloped —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Gossamer

open-mind dreaming ~ Cinderella on the moon ~ grow a pair of wings —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

No touching

no more aeroplanes ~ in the skies above our worlds ~ no live connections —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

If not shared

they’re forever lost ~ all the most beautiful notes ~ music of our souls —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Those were the times

seeing everything ~ bluebells in a foreign land ~ when we could wander —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Imperfections

look through the window ~ blue skies for eternity ~ a crack in the glass —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Movement

fleeter than the fish ~ feral dashing of our minds ~ and songs of our hearts —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Smooth

round river pebble ~ in the palm of my hand ~ my old trusted friend —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Effect

gazing into me ~ seeing the infinite storms ~ only you can still —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Matter of scale

zooming in or out ~ universe keeps spiralling ~ we are all so small—© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Concerto

at first we were still ~ but now we’re a symphony ~ of a thousand shades —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ray

sunshine through the leaves ~ late afternoon in the Cape ~ me being here naught —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Roundness

concentric circles ~ drifting on spheres of delight ~ of each new morning —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Contemplative

people all around ~ parents laughing, brother sleeps ~ little girl thinking —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Icon

sprinkles of stardust ~ colouring a black midnight ~ into a rainbow —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Reminiscence

now I think about ~ the conversations we had ~ about life and death —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Library

now that you poses ~ a bookshelf filled with my thoughts ~ you know my mind’s space —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Relativity

when souls depart ~ empty spaces left behind ~ for a little while —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Porcelain

writing careful words ~ collecting moments not things ~ for sharing with you —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Perspective

as we gain distance ~ it is easier to cope ~ with the ebb and flow —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Universe

captured in our words ~ sparseness and complexity ~ of delicate worlds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In stone

when we are revealed ~ it is in the simplest of terms ~ saying “I trust you” —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Tides

understanding much ~ but not understanding us ~ our ebb and flow —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Spiralling

caressing the curves ~ and sinking into the depths ~ of a flustered mind —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Streak

I find in your eyes ~ a thousand green butterflies ~ and one of pure blue —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Emptied out

she’s no longer there ~ whispering words without sound ~ the breath of her soul —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Replication

in a candle’s flame ~ seeing your eyes reflecting ~ most beautiful scenes —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Dark & Bright

our black Africa ~ our continent of the sun ~ never walks alone —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Interesting times

it’s beyond a dream ~ it is our reality ~ these colourful days —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Contrast

see the breeze shimmer ~ sun reflecting on Athens ~ a black butterfly —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Earlier

before finding you ~ the songs were forever blue ~ now they’re softly tinged —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Distractions

three muses tattooed ~ in their flowing innocence ~ on her marbled back —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Entering

pulling up a seat ~ sitting at the firelight ~ of the music played —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Alleys of Athens

in so many minds ~ a past that wanders freely ~ through the cobbled streets —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

True colours

behind Thursday’s door ~ we keep a little secret ~ of downright delight —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Distance

a longing that hurts ~ but that’s also beautiful ~ in its profound depth —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Retrospect

if we could just read ~ the right book at the right time ~ life would be simple —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Brevity

it’s a shooting star ~ that brightly lights up the sky ~ as it slowly dies —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Looking in

although I’m writing ~ I know I will never sing ~ this sweet melody —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

The little ones

with stars in your eyes ~ and with moon drops on your skin ~ a child’s innocence —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

At dawn

when the crack widens ~ we hear the crystal whispers ~ of a morning song —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Solitude multiplied

alone together ~ music only we can hear ~ in our silences —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Sad

this a winter song ~ with its haunting melody ~ that no one will hear —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Instrument

will you surrender ~ to the play of my fingers ~ your beautiful song? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Once upon a time

when we were little ~ unseen moments were captured ~ in the stories told —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Time out

it is where I rest ~ in the contours of your touch ~ the warmth of your mind —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Black & white

no two are the same ~ yet we are so much alike ~ counting stripe for stripe —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Seeing

when you look at me ~ I love the way you see me ~ for just who I am —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 10/05/2020

it’s a distant sport ~ give us a little freedom ~ in this crazy world —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Preservation

pressed between my words ~ the flowers of yesteryear ~ unknown tomorrows —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Barefooted

when we dare throwing ~ caution to the wayward winds ~ we find our own paths —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

On this bench

come and join me now ~ in the musings of my mind ~ for a little while —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Blush

I thought about you ~ when seeing the pink blossoms ~ on a distant day —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Photo opportunity

through the open lens ~ faithful to reality ~ yet softly disguised —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Mixed messages

shouting ‘hey you there!’ ~ but you are not listening ~ whispering to me —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Interim

interluding fall ~ when summer takes her last breath ~ before frosty cold —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Of bees and birds

our songs are alive ~ they tell their stories through us ~ weaving symphonies —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Place

on your right shoulder ~ because the left is not mine ~ our divided world —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Students

I stand here schooling ~ reading their faces like books ~ the pages empty —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 30/04/2020

we want to obey ~ but it’s too draconian ~ without smokes or wine —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Resolved

settled in calmness ~ making it look so easy ~ yet finding it hard —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Veneration

we adore fire ~ the warmth it creates in us ~ to battle the ice —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Wings

movement of a hand ~ brought these two worlds together ~ shiv’ring butterflies —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Swift

like a migrant bird ~ thoughts returning to a touch ~ then I fly away —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Post-covid

can we press reset ~ can we rewind to before ~ can we start again? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Yellow brick road

every step we take ~ an unforgettable waltz ~ into the starlight —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

What was

in light and shadow ~ crystal-clear glass reflection ~ of our wanderings —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Pied Piper

notes drift through the air ~ the sweet breath of fantasies ~ always out of reach —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

A man

to be strong and still ~ to be gentle in your mind ~ to just simply be —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 21/04/2020

the effects are harsh ~ but a uniform away ~ the much needed help —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Death

sometimes it comes ~ sudden and unexpected ~ renders us speechless —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Masked

these days of stories ~ none of which hold up to truth ~ commanding silence —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Brushstrokes

vibrant and truthful ~ those ancient ballads and blues ~ emotions captured —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Undulation

your fingers playing ~ improvising major chords ~ rippling through my mind —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Study this

now we can return ~ to the dawning of it all ~ to wanting to learn —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Observation

sharing odd spaces ~ we wander early and late ~ strolling through pages —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 12/04/2020

as hunger sets is ~ these are the few lucky ones ~ with two weeks to go —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Marching on

days falling swiftly ~ thoughts gradually spiraling ~ just time at our feet —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ornate only

use the gate next door ~ please do not come knocking here ~ this one does not work —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Flint

a handful of stones ~ flown across the continents ~ is all that remains —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Communicated

these words are enough ~ because we said them out loud ~ in our silent world —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Help

when it comes along ~ from an unexpected place ~ do we dare resist? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Fortunate

more than what was lost ~ more than a single night’s dream ~ given so much more —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Malmö morning

clouds over Malmö ~ in the pale blue morning sun ~ a seagull’s silent flight —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 08/04/2020

when not giving up ~ is harder for some of us ~ than is imagined —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Still sharing

in soundless loudness ~ the echo of our being ~ the noise of our song —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

From my window: Malmö 09/2018

even when perfect ~ sometimes we have to let go ~ to keep the world whole —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Things change

we have been caught up ~ in the still expectation ~ of our destiny —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 05/03/2020

township dilemma ~ mass evacuations planned ~ may no harm be done —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

5-7-5

laying my thoughts in ~ ancient Japanese rhythms ~ of simplicity —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 04/03/2020

the U-turns abound: ~ does it have to be so hard ~ to do the right thing? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Sitting

until yesterday ~ we have never been so still ~ utterly content —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Pebbling

at the river mouth ~ balancing a stack of stones ~ lost in childhood thoughts —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 02/03/2020 am

a vibrant waistcoat ~ does not give you immunity ~ please keep your distance —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Social distancing

we are never far ~ always touching the same star ~ now dreaming apart —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 01/03/2020

losing the giants ~ on whose shoulders we may stand ~ world a poorer place —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

A thought

my inspiration ~ a stone, an acorn, a touch ~ and then I move on —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 31/03/2020 am

three pensioners die ~ because they still have to queue ~ for their social grants —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Bygone era

throughout the decade ~ we’ve been so wise and prudent ~ yet fearless to boot —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 30/03/2020 am

tired and concerned ~ sad responsibility ~ on leader-shoulders —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa: Thanking all who place their lives on the line.

Home

rain on a tin roof ~ dry red dust between my toes ~ child of Africa —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 29/03/2020 am

can we curb the spread ~ with rubber bullets flying ~ in the face of fear? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa: Thanking all who place their lives on the line.

Spark

flames of a fire ~ eternal for a moment ~ then the cold sets in —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 28/03/2020

most unequal world ~ when lockdown priority ~ is simply water —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa: Thanking all who place their lives on the line.

Stacked

stones on the beach ~ so carefully assembled ~ a mind is balanced —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 27/03/2020 pm

in these chilling times ~ may it be a change for good ~ homeless helped from the streets —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa: Thanking all who place their lives on the line.

South Africa 27/03/2020 am

silent autumn day ~ waking up with sad news of ~ first fatalities —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa: Thanking all who place their lives on the line.

Captured in stone

as our hearts breathe air ~ I wanted to share with you ~ beauty of being —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

South Africa 26/03/2020

“there will be no dogs” ~ we brace for strict enforcement ~ of the lockdown rules —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Reptilian

in the morning sun ~ the lizard in my garden ~ quickly slips away —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Fall

a tender goodbye ~ to remember until spring ~ autumn’s legacy —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Rarity

blue moon autumn ~ just once in a lifetime ~ once is enough —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Water’s edge

I still do not know ~ the meaning of your message ~ after all these years —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Exposure

stripped winter branches ~ our nakedness is revealed ~ just like the bare trees —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Robin

in the stolen days ~ liberation of our hearts ~ that keeps on giving —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Time

spring, summer, autumn ~ love a much deeper season ~ the winter too soon —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Whisper

when no one hears me ~ I softly call the rainbow ~ colours of your voice —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Of gods and things

myths of origin ~ age-old stories repeated ~ the mantis whispers —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Somewhere on a Greek island

in picturesque pose ~ standing against the bright sun ~ of a brand new day —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Exceptional

a unique idea ~ a pure original thought ~ rarest think ever —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Lost generations

living in lost space ~ a world tired of waiting ~ for us to move on —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

From distant shores

on Visby’s beach ~ gathering five pebbles ~ home to Africa —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Poem by Graham Ducas (South Africa)

eventually ~ they dismantled the rainbow ~ colour by colour

Mixed

black and white questions ~ our past always catching up ~ the future unknown —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

The burdened

can you hear their song ~ their melody of sadness ~ coming in the wind —© Marlize Lombard @ Haiku out of Africa

Way-finding

wandering through words ~ straying amongst all the noise ~ the wings of silence —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa