21 December 2010

10 December 2010


I'm on the editorial panel again for the next edition of Tinywords.

We are currently considering submissions until December 15th, primarily on the theme of light.

For further details visit the submissions page.

9 December 2010

midnight snowfall
the union leader's statue
wears a white shawl

27 November 2010

midnight snowfall
my neighbour
coughing away

[published: Presence 37]

25 November 2010

commuter platform
in amongst the suits
a Charlie Brown lunchbox

(Brondesbury, London - late 90's)

23 November 2010

Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends, edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers and published by Press Here books. Each editor selected six poets for inclusion in the book, and each of the twelve poets is represented by either four or five haiku. Not a single one is about parsnips. The poets, who live in Europe, Africa, North America, and Asia, are Susan Antolin, Timothy Collinson, Susan Constable, Karen Hoy, Keiko Izawa, Deborah P Kolodji, Dejah Léger, Tanya McDonald, Caleb Mutua, Helen Russell, David Serjeant, and Alison Williams. To order in the United States, please send $8.00 plus $2.00 postage. Make payments payable to “Michael D. Welch” and send to him at 22230 NE 28th Place, Sammamish, WA 98074-6408 USA. For orders outside the United States, please inquire for details by emailing WelchM@aol.com

11 November 2010

28 October 2010

21 October 2010

rush hour...
two women embrace
then sign their goodbyes

[first published in Presence]

30 September 2010

21 September 2010


I have joined the editorial team at Tinywords.

We are currently accepting submissions until 30 September for the next issue - see http://tinywords.com/submit/ for details.


9 September 2010

24 August 2010

Hello everybody, I thought it was about time to try my hand at a haibun. The fine details are still in my head, I just wanted to see if these pieces stand up...

cupped in her hands
a fairy -
spider's web thistledown

the mare's nostrils
seek their target
from the pushchair
gentle chuckles

19 August 2010

the silhouettes
of mountains

Hi! - just back from Croatia (again)

7 August 2010

lost in thought -
a breeze I can't feel
glows the embers

30 July 2010

27 July 2010

flower after
         flower after
the intermittent bumble
of a bee

13 July 2010

The other David Serj/geant

I have just found out that there is a poet by the name of David Sergeant (NB: not David Serjeant, because that's me). I have only had my name mis-printed once (amazingly) and that was in Magnapoets 5 - they spelt it with a 'g' and I thought "It'll be OK as I can't seriously be mistaken for anyone else, can I?" ...Can I?

He has a book as well.

7 July 2010

my head a mess
my thoughts a mess
my mood a mess
my legs a mess
my fingers a mess
my balance a mess
my vision a mess
my senses a mess
my sleep a mess
my strength a mess

my life: MS

author's note: no doubt I will be expanding this one

5 July 2010

30 June 2010

cracks in the brickwork
the foundation stone
as old as me
after a night ripped apart
by the quarrelling foxes
the dawn
soundless and soft
as the cockerel’s feathers

23 June 2010

Tarkovsky polaroids

I recently rediscovered the polaroids by the film director Andrei Tarkovsky. I thought I'd share the link with you all because they're all so beautiful and appear somehow (along with his films) to belong to a parallel dimension (apologies for sounding pretentious).

Navigating the site isn't obvious, so click on the image to enter the site, click on an image to enlarge and the little rectangles at the top will take you from page to page.

Tarkovsky polaroids

18 June 2010

I have just been to my daughter's school sports day...

the bean bag
perched -
the outstretched arms
of the boy in last place
I recently appeared in Tinywords with the following two poems. If you missed them, here they are:

an old car
an old man and
an old dog


remission -
in the rear-view the crow
settles back on the roadkill

I get the feeling they have both appeared on this blog before, so apologies for repetition

15 June 2010

rolling across
and over
the speed of my car -
the flight of a swallow

9 June 2010

at the flip of a switch
the crane fly's shadow
capers round the room

27 May 2010

I have entered the Football Haiku World Cup with the following entry:

one-nil down -
somewhere in the noise
the away end's song

Go Serjeantina go!

19 May 2010

the watering can
takes one last plunge -
the zig-zag of bats

14 May 2010

6 May 2010

passing information -
from the police van window
after shave

3 May 2010

retreating storms -
two blackbirds contest
the allotment

27 April 2010

MS Awareness week 2010

It is International Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week this week (April 26 to April 30).

It seems as good a time as any to remind you I have another blog entitled Dave's Magical Brain (which isn't all doom and gloom, I promise) where you can read the strange and fascinating tale of my MS history and marvel at my personal healthcare statistics.

After you have done all that, you may wish to gaze in wonder at MRI pictures of my brain, or read my haiku sequence 'Limboland' at Scribd.com which was inspired by my journey from relapse to diagnosis and beyond.

Keep posted for more info during the week.

11 April 2010

30 March 2010

my children
sticking and glueing -
in the drawer
the mother's day card
I never sent

22 March 2010

sea mist...
watching the seal
watching me

[published Presence #36]

Raasay, Manchester University geology field trip, Easter 1992.

9 March 2010

business park -
spring bulbs emerge
in corporate colours
wrapped round the tracks
my shadow stands
to let the train past

(Published - Shamrock#5)

A long time ago, I lived in London. If I had been staying over at my girlfriend's flat in Kilburn, I would make the morning commute on the North London line from Brondesbury to Highbury. I would then walk through the back streets of Islington to my workplace on the edge of Hackney.

This piece was conceived on the platform of Brondesbury station, the familiar faces of the morning train, squinting through the low sunlight in a polite, wordless, side-step and shuffle to their usual spots on the platform.

5 March 2010

Happy birthday!

distant lightning is one year old today.

Very many thanks to everyone who has left a comment, followed or linked to this blog.

Your contributions are valued.

just the wind picking up
distant lightning

('Light' - BHS anthology 2006)
not one of my best, but it gave this blog it's name.

2 March 2010

1 March 2010

she reaches
to feel each word

(Published: Heron's Nest X:1)

25 February 2010

With my *ahem!* scientific background, the following quote resonates with me. I thought readers of this blog might also appreciate it:

"Although it is a grand achievement to have added but one jot or tittle to the sum of human knowledge it is grander still to have added a thought. It is best for a man to try to be both poet and naturalist—not to be too much of a naturalist and so overlook the beauty of things, or too much of a poet and so fail to understand them or even perceive those hidden beauties only revealed by close observation."

From the "Journal of a Disappointed Man" by W.N.P. Barbellion

23 February 2010

his dates end
where hers begin -
for a moment
she rests to read
the park bench epitaph

I am just wondering if memorial benches are a peculiarly British thing.

22 February 2010

with my daughter -
an aircraft
joins   the   dots
of Orion's belt

published: Blithe Spirit 19:4 (current issue)

4 February 2010

my earliest memory
her hair just out of reach -
now the look on her face
as she doesn't say goodbye

like everything else on this blog - work in progress. Been thinking about my Mum a lot lately. Could do with a cup of tea and a catch-up sometimes. Ho hum... so it goes.

3 February 2010

full volume -
the rumblestrip drumrolls

(been listening to Sonic Youth a lot on my way to/from work - tearing down long straight country roads)

2 February 2010

one by one
the fag breaks end -
the taxis inch forward

(NB: for overseas readers, UK slang - fag = cigarette)

1 February 2010

25 January 2010

first day at work
a man with the same car
nods hello

[published: Blithe Spirit 17:2]

18 January 2010

growing unrest -
on the baby monitor
lightning static

[published: "Storm" - British Haiku Society anthology - 2007]

(currently selling these monitors on eBay)

14 January 2010

streetlights -
at the window your silhouette
watches the snow

4 January 2010

night frost
aircraft strobe lights
amongst the stars

[published: Simply Haiku 6:4]
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