Needles in the Heart

Needles in the Heart

in Haiku #043-45



Waking up each day

with a blank state of mind

Nothing feels right




Stepping out the door

to the deafening silence –

worlds in my head



whatever happens

some poems never end –

Needles in the heart


09/05/2016 © Waseem Sherif

Ever had one of those days? waking up burdened by a feeling you don’t recognize nor understand?

Impromptu Untitled 22/03/2016

I direct my sight to the stars,
lonely in their place of rest,
a night sky, painted by grief.

so faint, so dim,
like the last thoughts
of a broken man.

They sink into the void.
Their weavings dissipate
leaving my eyes blank
and my heart wrenching
in unnamed novel feelings.

I comprehend
a shade of darkness
I never knew before.


22/03/2016 © Waseem Sherif

inspired by a moment of serenity that turned to an unfamiliar feeling of uneasiness I had while lying on my back on the roof of the house watching the night sky.

Wooden Spectrum


Amber ridges trace the life of a world rendered hollow.


from pallid feet to auburn summits,

miniature mountains unfold within.


layers of a multitude of worlds

captivate curiousness and queries

from the core of unsatisfied minds.



worlds of wooden waves like magnets

pushing my perception away from reality,

pulling my fundamental nature to Wonder.


Pictures taken: 05/05/2016

Poems written: 10 minutes ago.

© Waseem Sherif

Haiku #041

writing poetry

with poor vocabulary –

my challenge


06/05/2016 Waseem Sherif

not that elevated diction is better than the clever use of figures of speech even with down-to-earth language but still.

At first, it was my struggle and it is, but I realized that if I take it as a struggle then I won’t be able to move forward. As a challenge, however, I’ll be able to enjoy the process of writing no matter what.

I have a really bad memory and it keeps getting worse. sometimes, it feels like I’m losing language with each passing day. but I keep reading and writing because poetry is worth it. Even with half a brain, I’ll still be writing.

Haiku #040

a humble advice –

don’t fret about syllables

in writing haiku.


04/05/2016 Waseem Sherif

I wrote this because I’ve seen a lot of haiku blogs being so fixated on the 5-7-5 form and forget the content.

I’m not an expert on haiku but I know that even the Japanese didn’t count syllables, it was something different that they count. We shouldn’t be so fixated on syllable count while writing English haiku.

There are many schools of haiku writing. Most of them has more to do with content rather than syllables. I fell in the mistake of writing a sentence and breaking it to 5-7-5 then call it a haiku. That was embarrassing. >_<

I’m still and will always be working on my craft. It’s more difficult than it seems.

First thing I did, disregarded the syllable count as long as the middle line is longer than the other two. That and I’m reading a loooot of Japanese haiku to immerse myself in its original essence. And I try to keep it simple because I think that is how it should be.


Morning to Midday in Haiku #032-038

My father, my brother-in-law and I had a lot of chores to do in our house today. All I did was water some trees and flowers in the garden though so I was able to write a few haiku on my phone. 🙂

From Morning to Midday, in Haiku. 


morning sun rises

the path to mesteer unfolds

a long day ahead


my brother-in-law

tending to the pave way

clearing grass


my father

painting the doors green

sweat’s at his chin


all working

suddenly we all stop

Adhan is heard


water flows

the soil slowly darkens

I wipe my forehead


under midday sun

working barefoot on wet soil

slightly refreshed


the chores are done

tiredness settles in now

we drink coke


05/05/2016 Waseem Sherif

After all that, I went down to the beach and took pictures!


Daily Picks 05/05/2016


I had no idea the web was actually shot until I viewed the picture on the laptop.


My Shadow

that’s all you’ll get of me.


Sky Waves Crashing, too. 

Have you seen that darker shade of blue sky followed by a line of clouds? It looks like a mirrored image of the sea to me.


Water Source



Liquid and Solid [Haiku]

walking in the sand

while waves crash on mossy rocks –

soft collisions



Ant on a Leaf


The walk down the beach made me forget the tiredness of what preceded it.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Picks and the post. ^_^