Nama

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

Settle

guineefowl laughing ~ evening colours aglow ~ Africa to rest —© 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

Close

a still afternoon ~ and my thoughts return to you ~ green moss to grey stones —© 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

Those were the times

seeing everything ~ bluebells in a foreign land ~ when we could wander —© 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

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

Streak

I find in your eyes ~ a thousand green butterflies ~ and one of pure blue —© 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

At dawn

when the crack widens ~ we hear the crystal whispers ~ of a morning song —© 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

Preservation

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

Photo opportunity

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

Interim

interluding fall ~ when summer takes her last breath ~ before frosty cold —© 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

Marching on

days falling swiftly ~ thoughts gradually spiraling ~ just time at our feet —© 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

5-7-5

laying my thoughts in ~ ancient Japanese rhythms ~ of simplicity —© 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

Social distancing

we are never far ~ always touching the same star ~ now dreaming apart —© 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

Stacked

stones on the beach ~ so carefully assembled ~ a mind is balanced —© 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

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

Of gods and things

myths of origin ~ age-old stories repeated ~ the mantis whispers —© 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

Way-finding

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

Being a dune

carried in the wind ~ we are all these grains of sand ~ forever shifting —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Annually

the seasons repeat ~ we find ourselves grounded in ~ these few simple words —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Whiteout

our love turns to dust ~ our memories fade away ~ as time takes its toll —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

End of day

the earth’s rotation ~ brings a few hour’s respite ~ from our endless toil —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Counting pears

when faced with numbers ~ I battle with computing ~ give me words all day  —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Open-ended

a bit undefined ~ like the clouds changing their shapes ~ this strange love of ours —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In the forest

black-eyed Susans bloom ~ just before the Winter’s cold ~ when visiting you —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Nowhere

in the placid seas ~ finding messages of green ~ only alibis —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Daydreaming

when we dream by day ~ there is a wonderful sense ~ of doves taking flight —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Untouchables

right here by my side ~ with us just a thought away ~ silent Karoo night —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Unconcealed

and the gnarled old tree ~ that’s in front of my window ~ looks straight into me —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Gay Paris

early summer’s day ~ laying laughing in the grass ~ forgetting all cares —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

New angles

a changed perspective ~ looking out instead of in ~ at tranquility —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Grain of salt

and the poet said ~ that they have souls them old trees ~ just like you and me —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Little details

in our silent way ~ we show each other wonders ~ that we have not dreamt —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Natural dance

in parallel steams ~ of bodies intertwining ~ so delicately —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Whisper

a lost butterfly ~ caught in unconscious movement ~ and a tender voice —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Urban art

with still thoughtfulness ~ I bring a weak offering ~ to your autumn depth —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Onwards

those soft moments shared ~ stay with us as we’re roaming ~ into new spaces —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Mellifluously

it catches the eye ~ the falling of a feather ~ in white tenderness —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

You said …

wanting to show you ~ a garden of pure delight ~ where minds can take flight —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ancestral

guiding us away ~ from the people and their noise ~ to this calm deepness —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Northern autumn

on a dreary day ~ hiding from the pouring rain ~ amongst fallen leaves —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Plainness

new discoveries ~ in the hollows of our minds ~ and open grasslands —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Homed

the heart comes to rest ~ and a stillness settles in ~ the search is over —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Floating

in the dappled shade ~ the river takes us away ~ to its land of dreams —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Keeping time

sand sifts the moments ~ as they slip into the past ~ captured in these words —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Vista

there is a calm storm ~ rising on the horizon ~ to blow us away —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Loss

solitude sets in ~ it will come with time I think ~ letting go gently —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Travelling

far away from home ~ balmy autumn afternoon ~ sun and thunderclouds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Phase

remember the fields ~ of European summers ~ now long forgotten —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Untouched

poetry of life ~ our freedom and dignity ~ found in solitude —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Concealed

this is where I hide ~ in the stillness of your touch ~ the depth of your eyes —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Fledglings

the first encounter ~ was a lazy summer’s day ~ and carefully paced —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Everywhere

it’s equally short ~ the distance between us ~ either here or there —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Farm

folded sheath on sheath ~ with the sunshine caught in each ~ golden autumn days —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Gentle rising

on this new morning ~ the softest sunrise for us ~ consumed by the sea —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Instinct

like a homing dove ~ my impulse to fly to you ~ to break from restraints —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Cherrey blossoms: Van Gogh

a floral pattern ~ balanced in such a fine weave ~ just a moment long —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Childless

we are from different trees ~ yet our minds demand a pair ~ fruiting in our thoughts —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

No waves

the softest ocean ~ surrounds a grey rainy day ~ envelopes shared thoughts —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Hot

red sun on red rock ~ lying in the naked heat ~ of all that’s hidden —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Elements

flying your waters ~ you navigate my landscape ~ exploring the clouds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Attachments

the words we don’t speak ~ are captured in depictions ~ silently attached —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Bare

a tree without leaves ~ standing naked in the sand ~ exposed to the wind —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Niche

it’s a perfect fit ~ in the hollow of our hearts ~ these few moments shared —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Teacher

t’was you who taught me ~ to pause and take a deep breath ~ to dance in the rain —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Lunar

we are all a moon ~ each of us a darker side ~ that we turn away —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Up north

under ancient skies ~ summer is falling asleep ~ with the softest sigh —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Roamers

free from all bondage ~ we drift on wings of dreaming ~ listening for space —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Storm

from a rugged cliff ~ I hear the north wind roaring ~ whispering your name —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Spring

then our hearts were high ~ sweet as the hummm of the bees ~ in those youthful years —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Seasons

though grown together ~ every leaf that falls, falls alone ~ returning to dust —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Once stilled

quivering grasses ~ whisper softly in the wind ~ what the dead can’t hear —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Van Gogh alive: Kalmar, Sweden, September 2019

if this is madness ~ I do not need to be sane ~ just deeply alive —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In memory

the dawning was dim ~ on that very fateful day ~ that life lost its breath —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Open fences

though our hearts are bound ~ we will not enslave our souls ~ to confined spaces —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Klaasvakie

the sand in our eyes ~ a hard grainy reminder ~ of soft summer dreams —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Puzzle

pebbles on the beach ~ pieces of the universe ~ fragments of always —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Air

painting clouds with breaths ~ inhaling the scent of us ~ and of summer rain —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Urban

in this world’s cities ~ where we dwell on silent paths ~ amongst the hustle —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

To no avail

umbrellas open ~ we seek protection from storms ~ it is all in vain —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Contact

drifting in the dark ~ sickle moon in autumn nights ~ when stars get to touch —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Falling

the meaning of rain ~ slips silently through our minds ~ drop by precious drop —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Matured

green growth of young minds ~ nurtured, summered and ripened ~ in autumn ochres —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Just sitting

at the waterside ~ somewhere in a different town ~ we sit with our dreams —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Fall

in the autumn winds ~ I tumbled into your space ~ bringing southern spring —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Anchoring

in the four winds blow ~ the cornerstones of my heart ~ ever circling —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

To be still

there is so much noise ~ therefore we become ~ fluent in silence —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Melt

easy, just let go ~ become soft in the moment ~ and drift on the wind —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Waking up

we will listen when ~ the night wind whispers its dreams ~ to a rosy morning —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Rules

always grappling with ~ convenient conventions ~ caging us apart —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Directions

please show me the place ~ where we wandered together ~ on a sunny day —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Autumn bird

she has warmed his heart ~ for the briefest of moments ~ and he has touched hers —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Time

wandering through lanes ~ of green springtime memories ~ and of days gone by —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Revival

and I will know you ~ when you reach through autumn dreams ~ into my winter —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Discovery

when I found it there ~ one night on a desert dune ~ I roped in the moon —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Late

evening roses ~ softly spill their deep perfume ~ into purple nights —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Hominins

global travellers ~ our eyes rove the horizon ~ for our destiny —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Wet

skin to skin we feel ~ the softness of autumn rain ~ that falls between us —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Early light

yawn at my window ~ pluck me from a deep slumber ~ a pink break of day —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Encapsulated

your sound surrounds me ~ like the wind and the grey sea ~ sheltering my dreams —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Kleinnood

a golden treasure ~ now lives in my Africa ~ something small once yours —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Gossamer

in silver moonlight ~ looking over my shoulder ~ at the fading stars —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Adrift

clouds sailing like ships ~ through windy oceans of blue ~ never reaching land —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Voices

in the wind and sea ~ I used to hear others sing ~ now it’s only you —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Stream

these words are flowing ~ no pushing no holding back ~ finding their own way —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Namib

the place in my mind ~ where I find a wild stillness ~ filled with your beauty —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Shapes

always just circling ~ like the shadows and the trees ~ same recurring thoughts —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ask

will you pick a star ~ out of the deep-blue night sky ~ and give it my name? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Grass

never-ending sands ~ of a blue day and bird’s egg ~ that blow in the wind —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Dusk

for just a moment ~ the sky a blood-red marble ~ captured in suspense —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Square earth

we keep on searching ~ no openings can be found ~ behind those closed minds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Captured

the ocean shimmers ~ in steel blue and iron green ~ warm under my skin —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Perfect

so glad you found me ~ you’re as companionable ~ as my solitude —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Frozen

out of the cold wind ~ a blue dragonfly posing ~ in utter suspense —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Just sitting

I sit in the dark ~ listening to raindrops ~ it’s a happy sound —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Fleeting

it is a rainbow ~ this our multi-coloured life ~ so quickly over —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Non-convergence

being together ~ in a twisted parallel ~ where ends never meet —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Crowded – Israel, June 1999

too many tourists ~ at the Sea of Galilee ~ I walk alone —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Woods & Trees

eyes greengathering ~ and I wonder what you see ~ in observation —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa