An Elongated Haiku

I am a pocket
of lake lapping from the pond
much like a hangnail,

a little lagniappe
of water mapped by green stalks
where frogs come to hide

in the salty-fresh
sanctuary of my still
tide-watered shade.

I am becalmed. A
swamp of sea the marshy shore
moves without moving,

holding cast aways
from wind-ridden waves of the
uncertain off-shore.

When the sunlight sinks
the obscurity rises –
swelling from my roots.





Molly Miltenberger Murray is the author of Today, She Is (Wipf and Stock, 2014), and editor of the blog and book, The Atelier Project (2015). She is working on her MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow.   Website: