Poetry – Haiku – House for Sale 7 – A poem collaboration between Suzette Benjamin and Goff James

The seventh in a series of haiku poems, House for Sale, inspired by a dialogue twixt Suzette Benjamin and Goff James.

House for Sale 

I

Memory’s plaster
Old homestead in new stucco
House for sale


House for sale
Numerous old tales remain
Time for moving on

II

Nostalgia lingers
Faded doorways weaker grow
House for sale


Old doors closed
Finding a fresh perspective
Travelling new roads

III

Courage packed
Adventures labelled
Moving on


Heading west
New horizons sought
Waggons roll

IV

Waggons burdened full
Hope and faith the co-pilots
Trailblazing frontiers

Dangers uncharted
Uncertainties ebb and flow
Morrow’s new dawn wakes

V

Adventure beckons
The unknown trust’s lighthouse guides
An eagle in flight.

Rations running low
The sun high in the noon sky
Shade and water sought

VI

In despair’s abyss
Digging deep for survival
An oasis gleams

A flicker of hope
An optical illusion
Fate’s clenched fist outstretched

VII

Journey’s end seems near
Faith a wellspring and shelter
A lifeboat stirs

The ocean calling sings
Final mountain pass to tread
Paradise in view

Poem Attribution © Suzette Benjamin and Goff James, House for Sale

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Painting Attribution © Martin Gauthier, Vacant House 2, (Date Unstated)

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Poetry Plus – The Caterpillar – A poem by Robert Graves

© Diego Lazzarin, Interior Garden #2 – The Dragons and the Caterpillar

The Caterpillar by Robert Graves

Silent Out of Sight

Silent out of sight
Mister Caterpillar feasts
Summer’s bounty ripe

Robert Graves (1895 -1985) English poet, novelist, critic, and classical scholar who carried on many of the formal traditions of English verse in a period of experimentation. His more than 120 books also include a notable historical novel, I, Claudius (1934); an autobiographical classic of World War I, Good-Bye to All That (1929; rev. ed. 1957); and erudite, controversial studies in mythology.

Poem Attribution © Robert Graves, The Caterpillar

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/caterpillar

Haiku Attribution Goff James, Silent Out of Sight

Painting Attribution © Diego Lazzarin, Interior Garden #2 – The Dragons and the Caterpillar, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Interior-Garden-2-The-Dragons-and-the-Caterpillar/1020461/3913485/view

The Caterpillar by Robert Graves

Under this loop of honeysuckle,
A creeping, coloured caterpillar,
I gnaw the fresh green hawthorn spray,
I nibble it leaf by leaf away.

Down beneath grow dandelions,
Daisies, old-man’s-looking-glasses;
Rooks flap croaking across the lane.
I eat and swallow and eat again.

Here come raindrops helter-skelter;
I munch and nibble unregarding:
Hawthorn leaves are juicy and firm.
I’ll mind my business: I’m a good worm.

When I’m old, tired, melancholy,
I’ll build a leaf-green mausoleum
Close by, here on this lovely spray,
And die and dream the ages away.

Some say worms win resurrection,
With white wings beating flitter-flutter,
But wings or a sound sleep, why should I care?
Either way I’ll miss my share.

Under this loop of honeysuckle,
A hungry, hairy caterpillar,
I crawl on my high and swinging seat,
And eat, eat, eat—as one ought to eat.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Robert-Graves

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Poetry – Haiku – House for Sale 6 – A poem collaboration between Suzette Benjamin and Goff James

The sixth in a series of haiku poems, House for Sale, inspired by a dialogue twixt Suzette Benjamin and Goff James.

House for Sale 

I

Memory’s plaster
Old homestead in new stucco
House for sale


House for sale
Numerous old tales remain
Time for moving on

II

Nostalgia lingers
Faded doorways weaker grow
House for sale


Old doors closed
Finding a fresh perspective
Travelling new roads

III

Courage packed
Adventures labelled
Moving on


Heading west
New horizons sought
Waggons roll

IV

Waggons burdened full
Hope and faith the co-pilots
Trailblazing frontiers

Dangers uncharted
Uncertainties ebb and flow
Morrow’s new dawn wakes

V

Adventure beckons
The unknown trust’s lighthouse guides
An eagle in flight.

Rations running low
The sun high in the noon sky
Shade and water sought

VI

In despair’s abyss
Digging deep for survival
An oasis gleams

A flicker of hope
An optical illusion
Fate’s clenched fist outstretched

Poem Attribution © Suzette Benjamin and Goff James, House for Sale

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Painting Attribution © Martin Gauthier, Vacant House 2, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Vacant-Houses-2/755809/3041476/view

Poetry – Haiku – House for Sale 5 – A poem collaboration between Suzette Benjamin and Goff James

The fifth in a series of haiku poems, House for Sale, inspired by a dialogue twixt Suzette Benjamin and Goff James.

House for Sale 

I

Memory’s plaster
Old homestead in new stucco
House for sale


House for sale
Numerous old tales remain
Time for moving on

II

Nostalgia lingers
Faded doorways weaker grow
House for sale


Old doors closed
Finding a fresh perspective
Travelling new roads

III

Courage packed
Adventures labelled
Moving on


Heading west
New horizons sought
Waggons roll

IV

Waggons burdened full
Hope and faith the co-pilots
Trailblazing frontiers

Dangers uncharted
Uncertainties ebb and flow
Morrow’s new dawn wakes

V

Adventure beckons
The unknown trust’s lighthouse guides
An eagle in flight.

Rations running low
The sun high in the noon sky
Shade and water sought

Poem Attribution © Suzette Benjamin and Goff James, House for Sale

goffjamesart.wordpress.com

Art Photography Poetry

All rights reserved

Painting Attribution © Martin Gauthier, Vacant House 2, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Vacant-Houses-2/755809/3041476/view