SAMPLE HAIKU from Eight Shades of Blue

26 Feb

Samples of my poems from my first haiku collection, Eight Shades of Blue: Haiku.


sparrows gather
within blue gray smoke
chestnut fragrance

a tramp in my field
gazes at migrating geese—
so homeless and free

bits of trellis
deep within its coils—
grandfather’s vine

Haiku Noir

this ancient face
lit by the eyes of a child—
it’s time to shed

dug-in in Da Nang—
studying history’s
most ghastly lessons

zoo mothers
clutch their babies
both sides of bars



Glittering black lake tonight,
bright butter moon, your stunning yellow light.


At the bottom of the wishing well,
a thank-you note lies bleeding ink.


Dazed, in the doctor’s office;
the foreign sound of laughter in the hall.


Vintner’s terrace dapples in warm rain.
What fragrance from the mingled wine!


Low sun at late day; finally, a breeze.
The lake glitters at its touch.


Waiting for her at the clinic.
Windows writhe with rivulets of rain.

from Eight Shades of Blue: Haiku ©2005 Denis M. Garrison


Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Haiku & Senryu, Short Verse


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2 responses to “SAMPLE HAIKU from Eight Shades of Blue

  1. madhuri

    March 8, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Zoo mothers / clutch their babies / both sides of bars. brought tears to my eyes. Cruelty of the zoos, and people forget the animals have maternal instincts too.



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