Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dialogue: Trees

Recently my friend, Jim Wilson, published a post on his blog about the Haiku of Hayden Carruth. One of the poems he discusses has really lingered with me.

It lingered long enough I decided that I wanted to add two 7 syllable lines to it to transform his Haiku into a Tanka via poetic collaboration through time and space.

Jim calls this sort of collaboration “Dialogues” and he discusses it on his blog.

The result, I feel, is an apt fitting of process and product:

Dialogue: Trees

Trees, naked trees
stopped in their tracks, so peaceful
talking together. (Carruth)

A word an hour, or less—
And nothing but the whole truth (DG)


Reya Mellicker said...

The trees of DC are in their glory at the moment. Still lush and hanging heavy with green. Not long from now, summer will get the best of them, but now? They are a presence. Thanks for this.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Reya— You're welcome, and thanks for stopping by. Trees talk to you, too, eh?