Fluency

wanting eloquence ~ not achieving elegance ~ letters wildly strung —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ampersand

special character ~ one that’s not on my machine ~ yet I type away —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Truths

candid words stumble ~ across our realities ~ without such intent —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

From where I write

mists across the sea ~ raindrops on a windowpane ~ letters on the page —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Proceedings

your voice in my notes ~ as I scribble them away ~ at dawn everyday —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Seasonal

in winter twilight ~ a singing bird may forget ~ her fair summer song —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Connecting

reunited minds ~ wrapped in micro-poetry ~ a brief setting free —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Noted

within a brief pause ~ seeing you for the first time ~ really hearing you —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Soft rock

blushing morning sun ~ thoughts running away with us ~ flowing like the dunes —© 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

Catch-me-if-you-can

playing cat and mouse ~ in the words of these pages ~ dancing a duet —© 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

Concerto

at first we were still ~ but now we’re a symphony ~ of a thousand shades —© 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

Porcelain

writing careful words ~ collecting moments not things ~ for sharing with you —© 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

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

On this bench

come and join me now ~ in the musings of my mind ~ for a little while —© 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

Students

I stand here schooling ~ reading their faces like books ~ the pages empty —© 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

Pied Piper

notes drift through the air ~ the sweet breath of fantasies ~ always out of reach —© 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

5-7-5

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

Poem by Graham Ducas (South Africa)

eventually ~ they dismantled the rainbow ~ colour by colour

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

Annually

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

WordPress

this our battleground ~ testing our agility ~ sparring word for word —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

African songs

they seem fancy-free ~ but each word is so loaded ~ with subtle nuance —© 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

Tethering

mind-game duality ~ endless possibility ~ time is relative —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Raconteur

this he narrative ~ is not another story ~ it’s a life’s design —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Little devil

with this andante ~ the perfect pace is primed ~ for our minds to fly —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Distance

do not look too close ~ at breakfasts on the sidewalk ~ or my tongue-tied words —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Steenbokfontein, South Africa: November 2019

carefully wrapped words ~ sending out paper roses ~ in a thousand lines —© 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

Ancient texts

opening a world ~ of knowable mystery ~ travelling through time —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Jester

there’s so much to say ~ with an endless flow of prose ~ between silent hearts —© 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

Hearkening

the music we speak ~ flows from word to ear to mind ~ inner melodies —© 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

Inspiration

when you look for it ~ it’s in the meadow dancing ~ with Shakespeare’s own words —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Unchained

no one can dictate ~ where a poet’s words come from ~ our minds roaming free —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Pause

spare a moment please ~ for sharing a memory ~ in my rhymeless poems —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Pickled

I take those sweet words ~ and turn them into these poems ~ procured forever —© 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

Like glass

slipping from my pen ~ without pretense or control ~ a river of thoughts —© 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

Constraint

it’s all neatly stacked ~ messages sent one by one ~ reigning in our minds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Words

when souls can be touched ~ through our poetry alone ~ we have arrived home —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Foreigner

the letters in me ~ learn to speak in your language ~ leap from tongue to tongue —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Brel

in my perfect dream ~ endless flight of fantasy ~ no single regret —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Near

when I’m far away ~ home is how you sing my name ~ on a rainy day —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Prisoner

then you sang to me ~ that old rocking melody ~ about hard times past —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Popularity

difficult because ~ I am truthful not neutral ~ a price I will pay —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Southern snow

string these words through me ~ wrap me in their warm blanket ~ on a winter’s night —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Plain Jane

not for you to know ~ where I walk and where I stay ~ my choices abide —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Alias

when I change my name ~ the rules no longer apply ~ imagination —© Lize Bard 2 Haiku out of Africa

Observation

writing poetry ~ we compose the perfect days ~ and we watch the birds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Rotation

the letters in me ~ shape the words I do not speak ~ make you turn around —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Air sign

when I allow you ~ in the patterns of my mind ~ you may see the wind —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Tongue

you speak in colours ~ I hear you in a rainbow ~ our imagined world —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Radiation

we are exposed in ~ phosphorous glows of the blues ~ emotions revealed —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Moisture

a fine rain of words ~ precipitates the desert ~ of our wanderings —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Re-enactment

lettering away ~ at life’s pleasures and life’s pains ~ each word a reprise —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Pebbles

with these words I paint ~ the images of our minds ~ in technicolour —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Composition

still hearing them play ~ symphonies of quiet nights ~ in this company —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Bird

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

Black & White

searching with my words ~ finding answers in your prose ~ losing both our worlds —© 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

Aware

understanding now ~ the music of your psyche ~ there’s a soft refrain —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Deep purple

meandering in awe ~ on the trail of deep purple ~ that brought me to you —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Aspirations

legends remind us ~ of firebirds and rainbirds ~ of who we could be —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Saved

falling from your lips ~ and stumbling through your words ~ but then you catch me — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

From within

something engulfs us ~ when dancing to no music ~ hearing our hearts beat — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Left-Right

creativity ~ born from wisdom and folly ~ in equal amounts — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Earth

and so we can write ~ such a beautiful story ~ of a simple love — © 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

Diversion

as I play with words ~ allowing my mind to fly ~ it finds back to you — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Collected

I’ve gathered the light ~ that was folded in your song ~ like rays of the sun — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Pensils

artwork created ~ with every word we write ~ something new is born — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Early bird

red-berry daybreak ~ reflected in the mirror ~ of your morning song — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ode

an African voice ~ sings the song that you so loved ~ thirty years later — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Earworm

when I repeat you ~ without beginning or end ~ you stroll my mindscape — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In circles

I dreamt of Toulouse ~ of writing to you from there ~ a roundabout dance — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Toulouse 2016/06

People of my words

by writing these words ~ people are turned into poems ~ each with a new breath — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Barcelona 2018/09

Vergangklik

our words become dust ~ in which we finger-paint thoughts ~ to be wiped away — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Stellenbosch 2016/11

Shelf

the themes of those books ~ weave the mysteries in us ~ yet the young don’t read — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Lund 2018/08

Self-absorbed

we don’t hear your drum ~ it’s beating for you only ~ a lonely rhythm — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Barcelona 2018/09

Poetry

capturing our thoughts ~ words dancing across the page ~ before they take flight — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa — Photo: Malmö 2016/09

Splash

usually controlled ~ sometimes my words turn feral ~ my poetry wild — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Perspectives: Paris, France; June 2018

writing from Paris ~ that there is a different way ~ of seeing the world — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Indebted

then you closed your eyes ~ saying you owed me this song ~ and danced through my mind — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Spell

water like velvet ~ your voice on a cloudless night ~ flying in moonlight — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Nachtmusik

a dust-road night song ~ brings me to a distant door ~ where secrets remain — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Poet lost

leaving empty days ~ where did your poetry go? ~ once so prevalent — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Orbiting

pulling me closer ~ as you wear my skin of words ~ and I feel your song — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Softly said

only good words used ~ when I wrote your melody ~ many moons ago — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Briewe

captured in the poems ~ love letters from Africa ~ in sun-kissed raindrops — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

At 05:00

feather-light caressed ~ with this pen’s calligraphy ~ the dawn of each day — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Restful

when I catch your tones ~ discerning their inner warmth ~ my mind is at ease — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ride

spinning away ~ in a roundabout of rare words ~ floating on thin air — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Capturing time

late into the night ~ I write about the senses ~ brought by yesterday — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Tumbled melody

they fall into place ~ letters of my alphabet ~ like a symphony — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Swaying to Clegg

African rhythms ~ across a vast grey ocean ~ when I reach for you — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

African skies

lyric to my song ~ your words touching the blue notes ~ laying deep within — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In vain

with our futile words ~ we write into the spaces ~ where our hearts should be — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Uncomprehensible

I would understand ~ if it came in a bottle ~ this far-off message — © 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

M

Make-believe today ~ Magic of tomorrows ~ Mysteries of souls — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Sound swept

they sweep through our minds ~ these melodies of the past ~ wish that all could hear — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

In circles

thinking our own thoughts ~ spinning our delicate webs ~ words that hug our worlds — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Afrca

Waterblommetjie

floating on the pond ~ the words that we cast adrift ~ like waterlilies — for lunarpoet © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Co-creation

beautiful ideas ~ migrating from mind to mind ~ so effortlessly — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Spiralling

the favourite part ~ is to get lost in the words ~ of a thousand thoughts — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Scribbling

lettering away ~ at life’s pleasures and life’s pains ~ each word a reprise — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Preserved

the stories we live ~ captured in a poet’s words ~ outlasting us all — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Congruence

when I disappear ~ in the softness of the stones ~ harmonies unfold — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Meegesleur

the music that I hear ~ in the shadows of your voice ~ carries me away — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Words with wings

sharing them each day ~ these immeasurable fervours ~ thoughts cast in the air — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Yesteryear

yesterday I found ~ your letter in a shoebox ~ and they brought a smile — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Writer’s plight

when words are streaming ~ who are we to stop the flow? ~ someone listening? — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Silences

our bodies telling ~ all the incomplete stories ~ hidden in our words — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Words have wings

this our legacy ~ these written words never die ~ allow minds to fly — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Origin

everything stems from ~ this soft-pounding pink rhythm ~ between here and far — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Outline

when the desert dances ~ with all its hued silhouettes ~ my heart wants to sing — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Recess

I keep on searching ~ when I hear the rhyme in your voice ~ I pause for a while — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Inspiration

I breathe you deeply ~ your words nourishing my being ~ then I let you go — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Exposed

revealed in your words ~ tucked beneath that rough surface ~ there’s a tender soul — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Harmony

half shadow half light ~ the beauty of a shared world ~ a dichotomy — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Southern nachtmusik

a song in the night ~ here under the southern cross ~ listen silently — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Word wealth

today a treasure ~ pages filled with poetry ~ easy with a muse — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa