Haiku in the hope of an easing of lockdown
Sunrise early May
all flame and pale duck egg blue;
Clouds of lilac grey

Just before sunrise –
a muted bloom of russet
On the chilly ground

Above the skyline
blazing – the risen sun
like a young god

Tree trunks east facing
receive the early sunlight:
a benediction

First timid sunlight
on fissured bark: fingertips
trace a well-known face.



Xan Nichols was born and raised in the Republic of Ireland of Scottish parents. He studied literature in Scotland, taught English in various countries, and is currently a teaching assistant in a large comprehensive in Essex, England. He is married with two children.