02 Apr

My poems are excerpted below from two garlands which were written collaboratively on my blog “Haiku Unchained” in June & July 2005, respectively. A haiku garland is composed by using individual lines from the initial haiku in three following haiku, then repeating the process any number of times. The concluding haiku ends with the first line of the garland, bringing it full circle. In the excerpted Far Horizon poems below, you can see traces of the garland structure in poems 1 & 4 and in 1 & 17.




sun warm on my neck—
noisy flights of massing geese


trawler leaves with the tide—
a buoy bell tolls


cortege glumly rumbling
down streets of cobblestone
the great bell tolls


dappled sunlight gentle
empty fields and browning woods
first scent of early snow


ranging through
empty fields and browning woods—
bird dog follows a trail


cold wind rising
offshore the sea darkens
under a gray sky


offshore the sea darkens
amidst the cold combers,
flying fish soar


after your departure
long walk to the car park
sun warm on my neck



in old growth forest
a distant owl calls

a distant owl calls
gibbous moon among
black clouds

glass and metal mountains
beyond the river
a thousand small suns

vacant blacktop lots
and empty basketball hoops—
a shrill wind

flying high
above the city
passing strangers

the city sleeps—
above their dreams
a comet erupts

above city glitter
cloud banks shroud
the highest peaks

west streaked with red
sun sinks in the sea
first star tonight

above the black river
flowing all night
stars stream

riding on
a comet’s tail—


“Haiku Unchained” blog, Denis M. Garrison.


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