Linda Dawe


The Joy of Sheds

This morning a fat gray wood pigeon
slid down the pitched roof of my shed
as a red kite swooped overhead.
“Ah, this is the life!” he said.

Of such a moment
Issa or Master Basho
made timeless haiku—

but this is the best I can do.

Linda Dawe is a freelance writer and teaches creative writing for Open University. She has worked as a TV and theater costume designer, and as a dresser to Sir Ben Kingsley. Her first job was in local radio, as a duty announcer and program maker. She has published poetry in Dreamcatcher and other magazines. She lives in leafy Buckinghamshire with two elderly rescue Basset Hounds as part of the family.