Tales from the Welsh Marches

Tales from the Notebooks

Writing groups and classes are a wonderful place to learn to write and I would encourage anyone, beginner or experienced to join one. Having been to several and challenged to write in different ways by experienced tutors and generous colleagues,  I have accumulated a large number of short stories, poems and assorted bits and pieces. And along the way I have received wonderful critiques and generous advice. Priceless.

Over the past year or so I’ve been uploading some of these to my Facebook page (Wilma Hayes - Author) but now will put some here, changing them frequently for you to enjoy. Just for fun.

Use them as a challenge to write something new yourself if you like! And let me know how you get on! See Contact page for how to reach me.


Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Being a pictorial alphabet, these little poems are very precise pictures of life and thought. Traditionally written to express appreciation of nature, they now take many forms.

Generally, when written in English they are written in three lines with a total of 17 syllables: five in the first line, seven in the second and five in the last.  (The title doesn’t count!) They will make you concentrate to get exactly what you want and make every syllable count. Try some yourself.

Here are a few of mine: nothing special, just a little fun and not all related to the natural world!

Lost Love

Lost love waits alone

Will Juliet come tonight?

Silence tells the tale.

Our House

Roofs creak, windows leak

Walls damp, timbers rot apart

Love it just the same.

Getting Old

Suddenly I’m old

Forgetful, fraught and fragile

Worse though, I’m frightened.


Pension down; tax up

Scrimp and save, and all for what?

Hell, let’s go abroad.

Wilma Hayes