A boy swims alone
In sea reaching to the sun.
Look! His head! Gleaming!

Michael J. Barney, 1949-2006

Note from d. f. tweney: I am sad to report the passing of tinywords contributor Michael J. Barney. This haiku of his first appeared on tinywords in 2001.

There will be a remembrance of Mike on Oct. 10, 2006 in Northville (Detroit area), hosted by Lauren Chiasson. Details:

BARNES & NOBLE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2006
17111 HAGGERTY RD.
CORNER OF 6 MILE & HAGGERTY
NORTHVILLE 248-348-0696
7:30

~~~THE SYMMETRY OF POETRY AND JAZZ~~~
REMEMBERING MIKE.
(How we say good-bye is as essential as how we say hello)

A LOW KEY READING AND DISCUSSION
OF MICHAEL J. BARNEY'S WORK
WHILE LISTENING TO SOME OF HIS FAVORITE MUSICAL WORKS
ALL DONE IN AN OPEN MIC FORUM

 

Responses to the haiku for 7 October 2006 by ---

  1.  
    Dirk van nouhuys (DHvN at wandd dot com)
    2006-10-07 10:28:49
     

    A man stands alone
    in surf’s receding froth.
    Look! The sun is setting.

  2.  
    Angelika Wienert
    2006-10-07 13:29:51
     

    "...How we say good-bye is as essential as how we say hello..."


    that`s true

  3.  
    Alan Summers
    2006-10-08 06:55:25
     

    A goodbye to a Tinywords contributor is very hard. All my very best to his family.

  4.  
    bobby michael richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-10-09 00:26:37
     

    things i ponder
    even in the hereafter--
    my daily tinywords
    -

    i never met michael, however from my first introduction to his work a bond was formed; conceivably more-so on my part.
    i yet ponder his "trees don pajamas..."
    -
    (remakes)

    at day's end
    cold sun slips
    beneath the palm
    one last ku-
    -

    midnight, in sight...
    following that white line
    -



    Michael, God speed

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