At peace

thoughts like driftwood ~ softly rolling through my mind ~ tonight I’m still —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Whitenoise

one thing that we know ~ is that there’s nothing to say ~ yet we all talk —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Like nothing

blue summer dreams ~ dragonflies in the sun ~ my page is empty —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Contextualise

with eyes wide shut ~ words just drifting in the wind ~ hear their history —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Desolate

the dry wild Namib ~ fog rolls in over the sea ~ and endless red dunes —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Within

we are all alone ~ this is where we find the calm ~ amid a mind storm —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Hearing your silence

unknowingly still ~ whistling under your breath ~ most comforting sound —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Taciturnity

in this desert land ~ it is eternally still ~ not even a breeze —© 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

Detachment

on these empty shores ~ in a world of distancing ~ social solitude —© 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

Contemplative

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

Solitude multiplied

alone together ~ music only we can hear ~ in our silences —© 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

Resolved

settled in calmness ~ making it look so easy ~ yet finding it hard —© 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

Masked

these days of stories ~ none of which hold up to truth ~ commanding silence —© 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

Malmö morning

clouds over Malmö ~ in the pale blue morning sun ~ a seagull’s silent flight —© 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

Sitting

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

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.

Untouchables

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

Anchor

a sea of calmness ~ you steer through my emotions ~ anchoring my being —© 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

Plainness

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

Silent music

when all is spoken ~ our language becomes silent ~ our breaths a still song —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Untouched

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

Ellipsis

space between my words ~ beloved of my still mind ~ a blue resting place —© 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

Still

in these slow moments ~ we forget who we should be ~ we simply exist —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Insulation

the crowd passes by ~ as I watch from the window ~ of our silent world —© 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

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

Drifting

I am suspended ~ for I have a private moon ~ within which I wait —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Black

these days of onyx ~ these days of ruminating ~ about what was lost —© 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

Up close

it is always there ~ it’s disguised in every word ~ the stillness in us —© 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

Grass

never-ending sands ~ of a blue day and bird’s egg ~ that blow in the wind —© 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

Lost

and then it was gone ~ everything we thought we knew ~ about who we were —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Dark

see in black and white ~ the beauty of shapes and sounds ~ moving in the night —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Safe

when I found my place ~ in this big chaotic world ~ it was in your mind —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Art

could not understand ~ then I found the formula ~ of just listening —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Early

the stars bow their heads ~ amber shadows unfolding ~ in the morning light —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Atlantis

an awareness shared ~ in that decisive moment ~ that’s without escape —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Along the way

dreaming in our minds ~ journeys in silence and stone ~ radiating warmth —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Nebel

through the mists of time ~ you find your way back to me ~ on a lonely shore —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Time out

deluge of silence ~ bursts over everyday noise ~ to drain weariness —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Up and down

in cloudy mountains ~ I find the deep grey oceans ~ captured in your eyes —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Empty chair

you can find me still ~ on these melancholic days ~ in spaces we shared —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Autumn

being effortless ~ we drift and play on the wind ~ then we find silence —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

No tweet

conversation dies ~ when we retreat in our minds ~ savouring shared hours —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Experience

adrift in the grey ~ no beginning and no end ~  this one day only —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Gone

upon departure ~ hearing a birdsong echo ~ your voice growing soft —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Passage

lost-love requiem ~ a choir of memories ~ slowly vanishing —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Shouldered

you are the shadow ~ the inescapable thought ~ I carry with me —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Single-minded

can you do that now? ~ only imagine beauty ~ and nothing else? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Strings

a friend for a day ~ companion for a lifetime ~ boundaries ebb and flow —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Nameless

his name is silence ~ his name is sleep and forget ~ a man with his pain —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Far away

this night is for us ~ with all its lavender hues ~ and a silent dream —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Look up

Parisian skies ~ today there is blue in your grey ~ and still gazes shared —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Whiteout

your silence is white ~ mine is out in the desert ~ we hear it the same —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Still

eyes that drift away ~ into their silent greyness ~ of innermost thought —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Tunnel

when cold and tired ~ in the shadows of the night ~ tomorrow a dream —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Question

do you remember ~ the blossoms in the desert ~ the cloudless blue sky? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In memory

it was just last week ~ I too picked a sunflower ~ yet I got to live —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa05

Bird

in your quietude ~ I discover the music ~ of a private world —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Nesting

curling into you ~ finding such a tranquil space ~ away from it all —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Hug

a gift of calmness ~ a softness that stills my mind ~ allows me to breathe —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Morning

in ever-blue rain ~ walking with you on my mind ~ collecting pebbles —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Contradiction

my pencil sketches ~ capture laughter in your eyes ~ but tears in your smile —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Nocturnal

the full moon adrift ~ in passing melancholy ~ of a deep-blue night —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

From my window: Grahams Town, South Africa, November 2018

in parallel lines ~ together but never one ~ journeys of our minds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Lullaby

humming me to sleep ~ the still music of colours ~ dancing in your eyes —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Paths

in quiet ruins ~ of forgotten memories ~ we collect our lives —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Shore

the sound of a shell ~ resonates in the ocean ~ colouring our minds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Enkeling

just beyond the tree ~ I saw you standing alone ~ away from it all —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Shhhh …

the wind on the fields ~ rustling through grasses and leaves ~ whispers its secrets —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

From my window: Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, November 2018

mercury gliding ~ through the many shades of grey ~ almost eternal —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Dancer

behind a bruised word ~ behind a heart that is locked ~ I found you hiding —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Appreciation

an empty canvas ~ intensity of silence ~ this journey of ours —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Petals

the daisies whisper ~ why are we still listening ~ to the wind and the sun? —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Still Bay

writing silent words ~ “in the light of a lighthouse” ~ on secluded shores —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In stone

only one ‘always’ ~ the language of our bodies ~ grammar without words — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Pastel

catching the red tones ~ in a world that’s yellowed out ~ escaping in pink —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Renewal

losing myself in ~ the blue landscape of a voice ~ painting me like snow — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Essence

painted with these words ~ personal complexities ~ in the simplest terms —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Blown away

reaching out to touch ~ falling into a winter ~ of silent windscapes —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Sprout

sometimes they begin ~ in such beautiful silence ~ simple moments shared — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Seasonal

because knowing that ~ freedom lies in solitude ~ I can say goodbye — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In silence

living our still lives ~ some of us will walk alone ~ in a moonlit sky — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Waiting

standing in one world ~ looking into another ~ always waiting — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Here

in this quiet place ~ in a corner of our hearts ~ poetry is born — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Evermore

without intention ~ finding a still resting place ~ that leaves me stranded — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Guarded

cautious of falling ~ in the abyss of the mind ~ where we find ourselves — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Challenge

when I dare listen ~ the silence echoes a name ~ that I’ve yet to learn — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Seeing

here’s looking at you ~ and the silence of your eyes ~ speaking to my mind — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Voyage

journeys of silence ~ journeys of ancient pathways ~ and wind blowing sand — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Recall

long-lost memories ~ after the still divide of ~ a grey rainy day — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Whisper

speaking in silence ~ of the music in our minds ~ colours of our hearts — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Pause

revealing our souls ~ in this moment that we share ~ then I hold my breath — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Recall

sometimes I forget ~ that I’m waiting in the night ~ for my own stillness — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Right here

in this quiet place ~ in a corner of our hearts ~ poetry is born — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Open

no promises made ~ no answers in the echoes ~ only empty space — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Patent

what we do not say ~ transmits the deepest meaning ~ reveals everything — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Drifting away

with eyes lightly shut ~ feel the caress of of silence ~ in the deepest night — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In balance

my nomadic self ~ has found its foothold just here ~ a still resting place — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Deciphered

no words are needed ~ the stillness of our journeys ~ translating our thoughts — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Infill

as silences play ~ around the pebbles of time ~ we fall in the gaps — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Pretoria 2015/12

Indigo

finding our stillness ~ in the hollow of the night ~ and the shape of blue — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Barcelona 2018/09

Mason

dormant dimension ~ of words never verbalised ~ of thoughts unexpressed — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Scania 2019/08

Aware

I open my eyes ~ to the silence of your touch ~ just breathing it in — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Baltic 2016/09

Listen

those deaf to silence ~ will not understand the words ~ born from our silence — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Namibia 2017/01

Wind

absolutely still ~ gazing at the horizon ~ I hear you calling — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Karoo 2018/04

Quietly

and we slip away ~ to the edge of the water ~ without diving in — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa: Adds are not mine — Photo: Scania 2018/08

Devoted

not wasting our words ~ on the silences we share ~ doting on stillness — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Scania 2018/08

Goodnight

alive in stillness ~ the endless sound of the dunes ~ gently tucks us in — © Lize Bard 2 Haiku out of Africa — Namibia 2017/01

Incantations

in those silent spells ~ I don’t want to read your words ~ but will fly with you — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Dawn

wind from the maintains ~ carries home sleeping waters ~ at the break of day — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Here

this is where we are ~ no pretence or boundaries ~ simply in silence — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa0

Groundswell

last night I just sat ~ listening to the waves break ~ wishing you were here — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

White noise

I don’t understand ~ what it is you want to say ~ but I will listen — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Breathed

a whispered secret ~ lies between these rocks ~ in a moment shared — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Inexplicable

I cannot explain ~ the solitary vastness ~ of a silent soul — ©  Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Tossed

we’re thrown together ~ in this teacup’s stormy seas ~ finding inner calm — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Betty’s Bay, South Africa; July 2018

these are our mind-songs ~ music that moves us to stillness ~ in a world of noise — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Vocabularies

these are the words for ~ conversations left vacant ` in our moments shared — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

This day

today I curled up ~ in the safety of your mind ~ a beautiful space — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Sheltered

in still seclusion ~ you whisper my favourite songs ~ perfect melodies — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Legroom

life’s complicated ~ yet we need to find that space ~ we can call our own — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of africa

Dreamscape

fata morgana ~ of my quiet wanderings ~ born from nothingness — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

From my window: Hermanus, South Africa; July 2018

calm against the storm ~ stillness within the restless ~ silent moments shared — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Summons

these open spaces ~ with their eternal silence ~ calling out to us — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Longest lunar eclipse: July 2018; South Africa

as the moon breathes in ~ silently holding her breath ~ we dance in starlight — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa