—After the photograph by Ole C. Salomonsen [*]
Above the Arctic Circle,
winter nights go on for days.
Even the glow of twilight
freezes on the horizon.
Some nights, your only guide
is that promise of morning.
But then, a sudden green
cracks the night wide open.
Ribbons of green sway and sweep,
blazes of green slant and sleet.
Green steals the air you breathe,
and you kneel in wonder.
The ice echoes that cold fire.
Green dances all around you,
Green opens cracks in the ice.
Green shimmers to show you
how far it is to morning.
poetry and haiga have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various literary and poetry
magazines and anthologies, including Concho River Review, Harbinger Asylum, KYSO
Flash, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, Poetry24, Texas Poetry
Calendar, Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston (Mutabilis Press),
The Legal Studies Forum, Visions International, and elsewhere. His poem
“Viewing the Dead” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two of his
ekphrastic poems appear in
Waters, photographs by George Digalakis (Athens, 2017).
He is the author of two chapbooks, Standing Inside the Web (Bear House
Publishing, 1990) and Fire and Shadows (Legal Studies Forum, 2008) (offprint).
Selections of Gary’s poetry and photography can be found on his website, 4P