World Map

Danger lurks in the eyes of the crazed general

who grins as his finger hovers

over the nuclear button.


Danger lurks in the promises made over wine

in sumptuous hotel hideaways

above bunkers built for the rich.


Danger lurks in the hearts of grey-suited men

damning destroyers of forests

while denying them alternatives.


Danger lurks in declarations of world peace

as children die in far-off lands

nameless in their degradation.


Danger lurks in the city streets where we live

as boxed-in children with tired hearts

slump aimless before flashing screens.


Danger lurks in the old eyes of our offspring

who despairing surf the net

in search of a fantasy world.

the boy goes into oblivion

Artistic Interpretation of Haiku (Picture 3)

Here is the third sample picture from a multimedia collaboration between myself and celebrated artist, Julian Sutherland-Beatson.

At this stage, we would very much appreciate feedback about which of the three visual interpretation styles people prefer, especially with regard to where Julian has placed the words of the haiku in relation to the picture.

You can find out more about Julian from my two earlier posts this week, and by visiting www.juliansutherlandbeatson.co.uk

Artistic Interpretation of Haiku (Picture 2)

This is the second of three samples pictures from a multimedia collaboration between myself and artist, Julian Sutherland-Beatson.

With the painting’s size reduced, some people might need a magnifying glass to read the words etched upon its chilly, windswept landscape.

glaciers shifting

winds from the Arctic whip me

into fast ascent

We would value some constructive feedback at this stage, to help us gauge the best direction for our project.

In 2011, Julian exhibited his art in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition,  at Glyndebourne Opera House (http://glyndebourne.com/discover/artist-residence-2011), in the Eastbourne Festival (http://eastbournefestival.co.uk), and at Gallery North, Hailsham.

Artistic interpretation of Haiku (Picture 1)

This is the first of three sample pictures from a multimedia collaboration between myself and artist, Julian Sutherland-Beatson. We are looking at different ways of presenting our work, such as exhibitions and book form. Any feedback or suggestions would be most helpful at this stage.

Amongst Julian’s many achievements, in 2011 he was artist in residence at Glyndebourne,  http://jsbglyndebourne.wordpress.com, and will be returning there again in May 2012. For further info. about Julian and his work, please visit http://www.juliansutherlandbeatson.co.uk.


Buddha Rocks Project: Beetle

Visit buddharocks.deviantart.com for a bounteous source of photographic inspiration by Mr Eric Alder.


Shiny as a polished boot

the small armoured tank scuttles

watched by an eager bird.


A boot shakes the ground

the bird sees its pace

marks the race and swoops

as the boot descends.


Tasting the acid

of a soft belly

she drops the beetle

in time for the boot.


The beetle is detritus

while the size-thirteen black boot

marches on oblivious.


You can learn all about the Buddha Rocks Project at fillingahole.wordpress.com, then perhaps you would like to post on your own blog (or Evelyn’s) a poem or short piece of prose to go with one of Eric Alder’s amazing pictures at buddharocks.deviantart.com

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