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Meditations on the open field

early morning
in the open fields –
clear sky forever

in the emptiness
a robin’s loud song –
and silence falls

in this wide space
you can see your enemy
but you cannot hide


listen to silence
be sure to hear the echo
of the buzzard’s call

beyond the boundary
is the empty plain –
a gate swings open

in the middle of
an open field
the only shadow

November sunset –
pink clouds light the field
as the dark rises


fine mist rests low
in morning valley
winter trees shine through
while black birds make silhouettes
like ghosts on a frosty field

*Several of the above were first published as individual haiku in Blithe Spirit: Journal of the British Haiku Society

Haiku sequence written in response to a workshop run By Peter George, which examined the second of the Four Quartets and challenged us to take inspiration from Eliot’s writing.

Jackie Biggs’ first collection, The Spaces in Between, was published in September 2015 by Pinewood Press (Swansea). She has also had poetry published in many magazines and anthologies, both in print and online. She reads her work at spoken word events all over west Wales, where she lives. She is co-organiser of The Cellar Bards spoken word event in Cardigan, a former chair of PENfro Book Festival and a member of the Rockhoppers poetry performance group. She has been a member of PENfro Poets since its inception in 2012. Some of her poetry appears on her blog:

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