Sometimes I have to write about what’s on my heart in a string of words. Penning one word tugs on a longer string and peels back the layer of words that guard my heart. Once the words are unraveled, the poem within reveals itself in more crystallized form – the heart pearl.

word by word
image by image
the oyster births the poem


Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado where she teaches, paints, writes and hikes. Her poetry has appeared internationally in a wide variety of journals, including The Ravens Perch, HaikUniverse, Haiku Corner, Cold Moon Journal, Scarlet Dragonfly and The Haiku Foundation. Jennifer’s haiku has recently won the 6th Basho-an International English Haiku Competition.