Photo by Aaron Burden


Crisp wrapping, now torn

Box rattles with memory

Worthless, priceless shell

This is a Haiku in response to Haiku Hub’s Prompt: Gift

Owen Banner spent his childhood baptized in the red dirt of Mandeville, Jamaica and his adolescence in the neon morass of Manila in the Philippines. He’s lived in or traveled to countries all over the planet, nourished by their people and cultures. These diverse voices plant the seeds of his stories, which twist genre and seek new perspectives. Discover more at

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