NaPoWriMo: Day Ten Yo!

Today’s tanka is inspired by a rather disappointing dining experience in Yo! Sushi this evening.


Yo! I have a beef!
My craving for tataki
remains unsated.
No coriander, no beef
in Yo! Sushi Southampton.


Vega and Haiku – Labradoodles extraordinaire!


I haven’t had much time to do any quality poetry today, so here is a picture of my puppies, and a haiku they did when I took them for a walk the other day.

Vega (‘Big Bear’) and Haiku (‘Baby Bear’) are two labradoodles. They are half-sisters; sharing a Dad. Vega was born in May 2014 and Haiku was born 6 weeks later in June.

When we were choosing names for the pups, we wanted then to be music and poetry-related. I also love the solar system; hence my nickname, ‘Moon’ and the title of the paper ( and website (coming soon), so ‘Vega’ ticked a lot of boxes. Vega is the brightest star in the Lyra (Latin for lyre) constellation and we’d been to see Suzanne Vega the week before we brought Big Bear home.

We had a little longer to choose another name. Before we decided to go with a poetry connection, we almost choose Sushi for the little one (we love sushi – Yo!) Once we’d got the Japanese connection, though, Haiku was an obvious choice.

Vega and Haiku love their walks with Dad, and they’ve picked up the writing bug themselves, writing their own diary of haikus, or ‘walkus’, as they call them.

You can follow their antics on Dad’s site,, although with the proliferation of their writing, I think it’s time they got their own blog!

Word in the field it’s that they’re also in negotiations with a publisher for a book deal! Watch this space!