From Crush And Sea

From crush and sea
back up to lip
I watch for thee
And thy great ship
Where flying failed
while thee yet whaled
Harpoon too soon

The leap reversed
The boy won't think
Maybe 'tis cursed
but yet won't sink
And still ye sail
after the whale
Search out for spout

Twig fingers at
the window sill
an old wharf rat
awaiting still
the boys that sail
after the whale
How fast now past

© Stephen W. Buchanan 2016. Grant Hayes lines used used with permission from the author.

An extra post on a Tuesday because today (23 May 2023) is the seventh anniversary of the invention of the ha’sonnet form created by Grant Hayes and Michael “MHenry” H. Lester in RhymeZone poetry forum in 2016. This poem was the first ha’sonnet string and came out of the lines of the non-rhyming ha’sonnet “From crush and sea (Ha’sonnet?)” by Grant Hayes (that unfortunately he has since deleted). In the comments about his poem Grant said he would have to work on rhyming, which I saw as a challenge and wrote this, using the seven lines of his ha’sonnet. Because he deleted his poem I’m not 100% sure which seven lines were originally his and where they are in my poem. Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “From Crush And Sea

    1. Thank you, LuAnne! I like to post something specific every year as a reminder to myself of when this form was created. In looking through some of my original poems from 2016 I found this and thought it a good homage to one of the form’s creators, Grant Hayes. I believe his ha’sonnet was made up of lines 1, 2, and 5 of the first two verses and line 1 of the third verse. His poetic genius was in creating very cerebral poems, but I learned a lot from him about style and flow that very much helped my writing. Of course, then I got stuck in this form. 😁

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      1. I went back and read some of your earliest posts and those poems were quite good, too. I really liked “Midnight’s Wonder” from 02-2019. Does Grant Hayes have a site? I’d love to read his work, too.

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      2. Thank you Luanne! That was nice of you, and I’m happy you enjoyed them. Midnight’s Wonders was one that came about during a power outage when the sky had less light to reflect and I could see more stars.

        Unfortunately Grant does not have a site (that I am aware of, and I’ve looked). Here is a link to the poems he hadn’t deleted in the RhymeZone site: I used to have a link to a very good poem of his that had won a prize in an Australian national poetry award, but the site took down the older links as the years went by and his was removed from there. I wish I knew if he was still writing and where it could be found.

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