chasing the waves
spring moon
soft beneath my heels

—Graham Nunn

About the author: Graham Nunn is a Queensland born poet who has had haiku published in international journals paper wasp and yellow moon and on Recently he received a highly commended in the Seed Pearls International Yellow Moon Literary Competition, for his haiku. He also recently won the Yellow Moon renga competition writing with Rowan Donovan and the 2002 Jack Stamm haiku competiton.

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Responses to the haiku for 16 May 2003 by Graham Nunn

    deborah russell (sellwein at hotmail dot com)
    2003-05-17 01:08:12

    Very nicely expressed. Good image and texture.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-05-19 03:05:37


    what if, i go letter by letter, would there be any more confusion.

    the haiku, surely, fragmentation, but still some concept of what's going on.

    a flow, a gentle way with words, some similarity of poetic form, a haiku, it does not make.

    to often, in sprinkling a dab of verbosity relating to nature or seasonal, a haiku simply isn't created.

    "chasing the waves" --- imaginative

    "spring moon" --- had possibilities, yet the thought that leaped to my mind was, jean craighead george's book. were we "trying" to relate the time of year to emphasize what???

    in connecting the first two lines, it was lost upon me as to what, of a significant nature, were we trying to convey...

    less words, saying only "the moon" generated more excitement within me

    "soft beneath my heels" --- huh...

    yes, sounding nice. yet, mere words, who was it that said, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"...

    2003-05-19 18:36:44

    Overflows with sound and sense of touch. Reminds me of a long time ago in India, fishermen on the beach by moonlight.
    Thank you Graham Nunn


    Kathy Mann
    2003-05-19 19:45:50

    I love the intertwining of images here. The moon is chasing the waves, which are chasing the moon, as is the poet. Very silvery and tactile. The sand is always cool at night, and I can see and feel this pristine moment.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-05-19 20:42:28

    i see how everyone, well, not quite everyone,
    seemingly are in awe.

    the thought comes to mind, perhaps a new site name should be implemented:

    "graham's fairy tales"

    what began as a conceivable haiku, fell adrift between the second and third line...and while drifting on the high seas, hallucination set in

    john tiong chunghoo (bagiruang at yahoo dot com)
    2004-01-04 08:39:17

    full moon inspects
    the waves colouring
    her over and over

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-06-20 19:20:28

    humid night --
    over the oak's silhouette
    quarter moon waning