Selection of haiku
by Phillip McNamara

From the haiku book: To Bring all Circles Full (just ordinary life to treasure)
by Phillip McNamara
Published by Eureka Books
© 2009 Phillip McNamara. All rights reserved.

Selection from the first sequence DRIVING IN CHANGING LIGHT

Saving

Bicycle wheel turns

Into longing for freedom,

Saving for a car.


Echoes

No jingling bell bike,

Rather a loud piercing horn;

Shadows and echoes.


Beginners

We were all once here:

Beginners learning to drive

Already experts.


Activities

Car activities

Are not that unusual;

Daily guest and host.


Line

Following the white line

Looking neither left nor right.

A row of house lights.


Performance

Supermarket cars

Driving in and driving out

Like a performance.


Night

Cool and empty night.

The car park available.

Two mirrors reflect.


Screech

Why screech each tyre?

Nothing to be left behind;

Penetrate blackness.


Lowlands

Pub then a burger

Then a drive to the river

And swampy low lands.


Door

Kiss. Noisy pissing

Alongside the parked car door.

Yes, etcetera.


Pumped

Wonder, excitement.

The road ahead seems tank full,

Air – like the tyres – pumped.


Law

Fasten your seat belt;

The ride may become bumpy.

Anyway it’s the law.


Wanderer

You take to the road

Wanderer with bending arms

Mouth full of spiders.


Freeway

Memorize the map.

Look for exits just in case

Along the freeway.


Erratic

Some drivers wobble:

Scared of others or themselves

They are erratic.


Shake

Inconsideration!

You honk and shake your finger;

Offended by rage.


Time

We become the car.

Time and just experience

Become the control.


Habits

All types of weather

Require your concentration.

Habits develop.


Heat

Heat waves to heaven

Rising from the bitumen,

But the car ploughs on.


Skin

This car like a skin

Makes you aware of space

And accessories.


Steering

The car following

Pressure on the steering wheel

Is in your control.


Weather

In this weather no

Such thing as a clean windscreen

Can be wiped empty.


Wash

Sounds wash your ears clean.

A stream touches your eyes green;

The car becomes dew.


Spring

Leap, shake and chatter,

Black and white magpie gravel

Spring gutter driving.


Shreds

Each wheel circles;

Over and over turning

Until it shreds.


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About the author: Phillip McNamara is an artist and writer based in Western Australia. His art is represented in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University collection, as well as in private collections both in Australia and internationally. He practices Zen with the Zen Group of Western Australia (associated with the Diamond Sangha).

His publications include:

  • Cathy Blanchflower: Everyday Infinite, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, 2009;

  • Cliff Jones: Survey of prints and drawings 1968-1998, UNIPRINT, 2000. Time+Machine Tom Gibbons: Art Works+Words 1955-1998, OK Image Factory and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 1998.

  • George Duerden Retrospective, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 1993.




Newer poems, not yet published: Poems around the symbolism of fire