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Stones by John Murray



grand hexagons 

make a geometry of six, 

Fingal astray

Chalk & Flint

dried blood

as black as lacquer, 

the geisha’s face


yesterday’s porridge

gone hard in the drawer,

an empty house

Lewisian Gneiss

birth lines winding

in an endless galaxy,

the old man’s face



dissolve in the rain, 

those empty questions


white crystals

encrypted in granite,

heart broken


quickly through time

even as glass,

window on God


infinite floor plans


many beds unmade


silver half seen,

half grasped in the streambed,

that secret wish


split leaves

paper the rafters,

pages turn

— John Murray

“Within the ‘stony limits’ of haiku form, texts try to contextualise rock types in ten spontaneous responses to aspects of culture. Often this is attempted through references to time, geological or human. Marks made by absent form is a prevailing theme. The puff of breath, an attribute of haikus, as a vehicle for materiality, is ironic.”

— John Murray

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