Of giants and dwarves…


This photo haiku was runner up in Haiku Master of the Week, a feature of the award-winning Japanese TV programme NHK Haiku Masters. It was inspired by my photo of twelve redwoods on the ‘Tree Trail’ in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor. Due to our much cooler climate and winds that blow in from the Irish Sea they will never grow to be giants like their Californian cousins.

I was also thinking of how this area and the Mountains of Mourne inspired the writer
CS Lewis when he was creating the land of Narnia. He said that, “at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge.” When he moved to England, he obviously pined for home when he declared, “I yearn to see County Down in the snow, one almost expects to see a march of dwarfs dashing past.”

Judge Kazuko Nishimura also picked up on the childhood theme in my photo haiku (shahai)…



About seaviewwarrenpoint

I am a writer and artist from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland.
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9 Responses to Of giants and dwarves…

  1. Your poem is breathtaking in its deceptive simplicity.

  2. Love this Marion, congratulations !

  3. Congratulations! Lovely poem.

  4. Liz Young says:

    Beautifully simple, and no doubt took weeks to perfect!

    • Thank you, Liz. For once it didn’t take too long as I’d done much of the ground work already! Recently I have been working on a few haibun inspired by the tree trail and in particular this “wonderful little grove of Coast Redwoods” as local tree expert Paul Clerkin described them yesterday.

      I also remembered the quote by CS Lewis about the giant from research I carried out for a travel article entitled “Warrenpoint – From Narnia to Game of Thrones” which was published in this online journal http://seniortravelexpert.com/warrenpoint-narnia-game-of-thrones/

      Thanks for dropping by, Liz. 🙂


  5. Magyar says:

    __ Great haiga Marion_! In truth, we sometimes trip during our journey across the roots; my senryu echo.

    young steps
    across these spreading roots
    the journey


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