Mixed Forms: Stella Pierides’s Haibun Triptych “Solace”

////Mixed Forms: Stella Pierides’s Haibun Triptych “Solace”

Stella Pierides

Solace (a Triptych)

“Three Vertical Landscapes” by Wiiliam Tillyer

In a dark wood . . .

Heaving streets, bulging with holiday shoppers. Shop windows in garish colours blink their version of hell. As soon as I get the present I came for, I head for home.

Running for the bus, I bump into someone, or he bumps into me. The double-decker reeks of wet clothes. A young woman, clutching her baby close to her chest, is arguing with the bus driver who refuses to let her on without a ticket.

We stay put for a good thirty minutes, until a passenger, with a shaking hand, taps his debit card on the card reader and pays the fare for her.

the baby babbles . . .
raindrops on
the bus window

and without props

It hasn’t rained for weeks. The two workmen in my back garden, digging the foundations for a cat enclosure, sound industrious. There is a young apple tree standing right in the middle of it, and I have instructed them to shorten its branches so that it can be contained within the structure. I imagine my two cats spending happy hours climbing it, perching on its branches. But when I look outside, I see the tree is missing. I am told it was taking too much space and they decided to remove it for me, at no extra cost.

short shrift
the town crier’s
hoarse voice

against freezing

I own five hot water bottles. As you might have guessed, I feel the cold more than others. When I place these hot, felt-wrapped receptacles on my coldest parts, I experience the bliss others must take for granted.

clang of a spade
I imagine the workmen
striking gold

 

About the writer:
Stella Pierides is the author of the full-length collections Of This World (Red Moon Press, 2017) and In the Garden of Absence (Fruit Dove Press, 2012), both of which received Merit Awards by the Haiku Society of America, among others. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals. Stella serves on The Haiku Foundation board of directors.

Image: Three Vertical Landscapes,” a triptych by William Tillyer. Acrylic on canvas. 96 x 24 inches (each panel). 1989. Via  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

 

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