Tuesday, 10 December 2013


Late-night shopping seems less pressurised than day-time shopping at this time of year - not that I am much of an expert as I loathe shopping and do as little as possible.  But I have ventured into Carlisle in the early evening recently.  Carlisle's Christmas lights are always quite artistic and this year the lights on the slender town-centre trees caught my attention and inspired a tanka.

Carlisle late-night shopping

     Midnight velvet bark
and not a twig out of place.
     Diamond lights sparkling
on the elegant branches
of these Audrey Hepburn trees.

Mary Robinson

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