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

Tethering

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

Buoy

game of make-believe ~ playing over and over ~ never reaching shores —© 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

Teenager

when you laugh too loud ~ I cannot see your mind’s depth ~ or feel your heartbeat —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Heartsong

writing those lyrics ~ all the words to our music ~ fill a gentle space —© 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

A Swedish tale

lost in a child’s heart ~ there’s flowers on a sausage ~ sparkles on the moon —© 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

Soweto rising

found in the ashes ~ if a heart that is burning ~ with every day’s light —© 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

Distance

do not look too close ~ at breakfasts on the sidewalk ~ or my tongue-tied words —© 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

Realities

whilst it felt so real ~ perhaps it never happened ~ or it never passed —© 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

Drying

credibility ~ of promises made in the rain ~ simply washed away —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Bathing

this layered season ~ with fragrance upon fragrance ~ in togetherness —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Directions

over my shoulder ~ seeing you, walking away ~ I’m looking forward —© 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

Immigrants

we meet each other ~ on the streets of faraway ~ reuniting bonds —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Stroke

the air flows softer ~ through the pearly-pink fingertips ~ of an artist’s touch —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

White Republican America

the colour of men ~ in power, in greed in lies ~ from trump to trump —© 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

Barcelona, Spain: September 2018

chaotic sound storm ~ letting the city come in ~ through a bay window —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Probing

you ask the question ~ which I answer with my eyes ~ no words are spoken —© 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

Anchor

a sea of calmness ~ you steer through my emotions ~ anchoring my being —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Adieu

finding tenderness ~ in this still togetherness ~ of a windless day —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ancient texts

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

Shipping out

wanting to travel ~ through dusk and light of seasons ~ ’till reaching your shore —© 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

Atypical

this our odd world ~ the one we agreed upon ~ in a soft moment —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Shared

this is our journey ~ captured in these syllables ~ of simplicity —© 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

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

Calling

our words reaching out ~ across the seven oceans ~ meeting in mid-air —© 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

Let loose

our dreaming shadows ~ hum melodies in the wind ~ fly towards the sun —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Contemplating

opening pages ~ then just staring for long hours ~ at the same few words —© 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

1st World

so much art afloat ~ even toddlers are queuing ~ for new exhibits —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Do you see it?

fascist worshipping? ~ it’s Trump’s evangelicals ~ it’s 2020 —© 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

Hard

here the heartbroken ~ the forgotten, unsheltered ~ lay in graves of stone —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Running

thought we could belong ~ thought we were part of this world ~ thoughts were ever wrong —© 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

Making glass

being all wrapped up ~ these complementary colours ~ shape the way we think —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Exuberance

an eye for detail ~ voluptuousness of the mind ~ gives birth to beauty —© 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

Adrift

being lost again ~ in the depths of soft greyness ~ floating in your eyes —©  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

Silent music

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

Walks of life

sharing memories ~ as we walk the galleries ~ that capture our souls —© 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

Ellipsis

space between my words ~ beloved of my still mind ~ a blue resting place —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Banana Republic(ans)

banana letter ~ from banana president ~ banana party —© 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

Hiding

and then I could see ~ an age-old song in your eyes ~ with golden rainbows —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Reality

closer, closer by ~ the end approaches every day ~ our return to stone —© 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

Impact

in a bright white flame ~ impressions spill over me ~ with their pure intent —© 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

Fortress

will you let me in ~ as I stand before your walls ~ knocking at your door —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Sketch

reaching deep within ~ delivering the vision ~ of a resting dream — © 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

Transient

small symbols of care ~ interpreted through thin air ~ sometimes in a touch —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Sinking in

listening to you ~ the depth of your pain and joy ~ holding you so dear —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ageless

around ancient stones ~ finding a space of wonder ~ that ignites 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

Exposure

undressing my mind ~ with softly spoken words ~ and sharp intelligence —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Starry

lifted to new heights ~ in the work of a single night ~ melting galaxies —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Elements

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

In glass

together we are ~ in the natural order ~ of separate worlds —© 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

Pulse

each reconnection ~ through the windows of our eyes ~ syncing each heartbeat —© 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

Sketchpad

my book of wonders ~ each day a discovery ~ is held in those lines —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Hung

here in the softness ~ there is safety for our hearts ~ left out in the cold —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Afoot

a wanderer comes ~ along his own winding path ~ to connect with mine —© 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

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

Hide&Seek

warped fidelity ~ culture clashing with nature ~ hide your emotions —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Candid

the words that appear ~ from nowhere out of the blue ~ more truthful than all —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Duality

with our minds entwined ~ we dwell the crowded cities ~ finding solitude —© 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

Pause

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

Catching stars

we vaulted heavens ~ building sturdy foundations ~ around our being —© 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

Emotive

stirring up in us ~ a wistful curiosity ~ and deep connection —© 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

Vergunning

these are the soft days ~ the days I count on one hand ~ the days I cherish —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Ego

paupers jostling ~ for worthless peacock feathers ~ in this insane world —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Seeing

looking inside me ~ finding what was needed most ~ then leading me there —© 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

Lyric

autumn dreamscape ~ words wandering from your lips ~ reaching into me —© 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

Now

there’s nothing to do ~ but to dream in the moment ~ let tomorrow be —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Insects

a story unfolds ~ your eyes wander to a stop ~ and I butterfly —© 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

Narrative

it is not our story ~ the one of sharing one place ~ this is more complex —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Criss-cross

a flickering maze ~ journeying to our destinies ~ labyrinth of time —© 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

Yarn

a lost long-ago ~ discovered by accident ~ a lovely surprise —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Dictatorship

in our different worlds ~ we play the same silly games ~ convention dictates —© 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

Last year

winter’s warming scent ~ of cinnamon and spice bakes ~ and of smiling eyes —© 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

Cloth

despite what we plan ~ our dark dreams and rosy schemes ~ life will run its course —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

No boundaries

white and fluffy clouds ~ sentinels of the wide skies ~ where we found our wings —© 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

Night & Day

in our night-time eyes ~ there are shadows and bright stars ~ no day-time regrets —© 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

Shadows

behind our fences ~ we hide who we really are ~ and who we could be —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Light

build me a glass house ~ so that my windows seep sun ~ and I breathe blue skies —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Recall

down in the cellar ~ finding yesterday’s secrets ~ bringing them to light —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Stone

in simplicity ~ directness of expression ~ and intensity —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Miró: Barcelona, Spain; September 2018

a woman entranced ~ by the play of shooting stars ~ an artist’s demise —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

Spiral

in your hands it grew ~ beyond what I imagined ~ it could ever be —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

No ceiling

don’t let go of me ~ take me with you on your mind-flight ~ amongst butterflies —© Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa