Haiku - Cornwall Inspiration

Cornwall - United Kingdom

I love Cornwall. It is a place of great diversity, strange customs, superstitions, romantic legends, and even Arthurian myths. Its magnificent coastline has been unrelentlessly shaped by the elements. There is so much to experience. Its contorted rocks, precipitous cliffs, deep estuaries, smuggler's coves, picturesque villages, harbours and beaches, etc. No wonder it provides endless inspiration for artists, writers, musicians, poets, and as always, in my case, haiku.

Haiku cannot be forced. It requires space and energy to enable it to emerge naturally, and that is what Cornwall does for me. Here is another collection of haiku inspired by my seven-day trip in September 2011. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

How To Write Haiku

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If you want to find out more about how to write haiku, click on the link above which will take you to another Corwall-inspired hub explaining the simple guidelines.

excited again

exploring familiar ground

going to the beach

the real bench mark

keeping a watch on nature

come and sit on me

autumn in cornwall

surely paradise on earth

restoring ones soul

a natural harbour

sheltering my emotions

short term solution


pen poised and ready

numbers jumping on the page

sudoku morning


a new perspective

everyone should see the sea

from inside their home



keeping tradition

potato at kynance cove

always delicious


watching the coastline

world war forgotten bunker

protecting our shores


A Double Haiku

moving with the tide

submerged never to return

underneath the sea


it was full of bounce

now that time has long gone past

deflated beach ball



glorious contrasts

waiting for artists to paint

black sky silver spume


what do the cows think

of the bellowing foghorn

they don’t seem to mind


uniformity

get your seagulls in a row

forget about ducks

my earthy lady

partly submerged in it all

green looks good on you


the jigsaw pattern

underneath before it breaks

waving endlessly


bamboo bending art

paint the landscape with motion

amongst the heather


art is everywhere

wind blowing up a pattern

moving in the corn


where do you come from

inevitable question

where are you going

walking on the beach

a hint of sun exposes

me and my shadow


the sound of a lion

loudly as the waves crash in

i can hear it roar


reaching for the sky

communication remnant

naked totem pole

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I do not know about Cornwall but I loved your haikus. My favorite is:

walking on the beach

a hint of sun exposes

me and my shadow


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thanks Vinaya, much appreciated.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Beautifully written, fantastic photography, can we have more please? Cornwall, my favourite place in the world, I never tire of it.


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Judi Bee 5 years ago from UK

Beautiful photos! As a non-poet, I am almost inspired to give it a go - thanks for sharing.


mountainmike1 5 years ago

Nice - used to go on summer holidays there as a child. Some good summers for sure.


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

TheBluestar - Thank you, yes, something very special about it. Regards, Russ


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Judi, please give it a go. You might surprise yourself, it's wonderfully simple and if that poet is within you it's an easy way to release it. Regards, Russ


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thanks MountainMike, I hope you've been back since! Regards, Russ


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

like the one about autumn best.


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you Cathylynn, much appreciated.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Thank you for these beautiful images and haiku's. What an ingenious idea to string them together with beautiful photography! Voted up and really beautiful!


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, and with a name like Exotic Hippie Queen, I'm sure you'd feel quite at home in Cornwall. Russ x


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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

Hi Russ...Are you sure that beached ball isn't the long lost Wilson, Tom Hanks' buddy in " Cast Away "..?

Reaching for the sand...

Home at last, My journey done...

Come, Child...Lets play...

As usual, reading your haiku out loud gave me great pleasure this morning...How I miss the sea and the wild northern California coast, not unlike your beautifully rugged Cornwall...

You and your shadow kept wonderful company with the tides ebb and flow...Does not the ocean speak to you in a language only a poet knows..? Thank you, once again, my friend, for giving me this haiku treasure to share with my world...Larry


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Larry, if you look closely at the pic, you will see the ball just under the water (towards the top in the middle of the photograph). It's red, yellow and blue so it's not Wilson but could be a relative.

Yes, the ocean does speak to me as I suspect it does to you too. Thank you for your comments and delightful haiku! Go well my friend. Russ


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Voronwe 4 years ago

This is really really beautiful! A wonderful blend of poetry, pictures and the imagination! Loved the earthly lady, the beach ball and the shadow. And above all the strange delightful mix of scenes, emotions and realizations!

Awesome presentation! And Cornwall...it was one of the first places I wanted to visit as a child, also was a huge Arthurian geek.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Veronwe, thank you, comments from you are really appreciated. You have an eye for depth and meaning and you obviously 'get it'. You see beyond the simple poem to the provoked realisations very quickly. That's why your work is so good and why I respect your feedback. Thank you.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Russ,

Your haiku collection brought back memories of my visits to Cornwall. Your words painted images as beautiful as the photographs. Well done!


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Yourglobalgirl 3 years ago from UK

I am Cornish so enjoyed reading these Haiku poems. They really are great and capture the spirit of Cornwall.


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Russ Baleson 3 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Mariposa, thank you for your comments. I feel so lucky that it's only a five-hour drive away for me. One of my most favourite places to visit.


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Russ Baleson 3 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Younglobalgirl, I would be proud to be Cornish. A wonderful spirit.


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KrisL 3 years ago from S. Florida

Stunning photos, Russ.

I enjoyed the combination of camera and observations.

Voted "beautiful."


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Russ Baleson 3 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you Kris! Much appreciated.


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Scarface1300 3 years ago

Loved the Haiku's but the Photo's are very good, you have a good eye.

Chris


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Russ Baleson 3 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Chris, thanks, it's the scene that inspired the haiku and then I take a photograph. Thanks for your comments. Russ


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Russ. A total delight text is lovely. Photographs are beautiful, so well selected. We love Cornwall and you created the atmosphere beautifully. Tip Top.

voted up.

Graham


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Russ Baleson 2 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Hi Graham, thank you for your feedback, much appreciated. It's also reminded me that I haven't been there for over a year! Time to plan another visit.

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