Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Broken Monoku--By Ralph Stott--England

broken monoku

....................budding twigs play cat's-cradle

.....land of hope and glory
.............an Inuit cuts a hole

..........a tulip's petals close
..................a man writes by candlelight

......a care-home
................a kitten in a tree

..................happy hands

Ralph Stott was born in Kent, England in 1957. He is married and has two daughters.  He studied design at the Medway College of Design in the mid-70's. Expressing ideas through the written/visual media, has always interested him. Ralph began to dedicate more time to poetry with The Writers and Poetry Alliance, in particular the 'Stylists' forum, over the last 3 years. He has self published one book called Legends For Lunchtime; a collection of short stories and has a second book pending called The Sounding.


  1. Ralph, I am always in awe of people who can write haiku as well as you. So much said in just a few words. I love them all and my favorites are the ones that have twigs playing "cat's cradle," and the chocolate fingers. My fingers and tummy are always happy when I indulge. Well done!
    Best wishes,

  2. Very cool write here with awesome results that are so well blended in the imagery and result......... I have not heard of "Broken Monoku" as per se, but I see that Carolyn has referenced it as a form of Haiku? Interesting and very tempting, too! Sheri / www.poetryandbeyond.net

  3. Absolutely amazing. Don't know how you do it Ralph. An awesome talent you have and I enjoyed the whole read. I too loved the chocolate-fingers, happy hands one.

  4. Nice work, Ralph. A joy reading. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  5. Thank you so much for your kind reviews. Its a style borrowed from this site, though not in its purest form as sonera would work better maybe by using a grammatical colon after the first statement? I love putting different ideas together and seeing what transpires! Chocolate fingers came from a food poetry competition; title of Snack-It! Wind Chinese came from my garden which always continues to inspire. So long as people enjoy reading them, I Will endeavour to find a few more! Best wishes to you all Ralph

    1. Chimes not Chinese: sonera equals 'first statement'. Predictive text! Lol

  6. Hi Ralph....whatever the form.....the content is absolutely good...my type of language! cu // paul

  7. Wow! I haven't read a 'monoku' before, but some of these are absolutely beautiful! Delightful reading :)

  8. This paints a wonderful picture for me Ralph. I had never heard of monoku before either, but am amazed at how much imagery you've included in this short lines. Wonderfully done.