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Tanka by Grant Savage

the swans made love
their image on the surface
and beneath the water
broken by passion
and the spring breezes

From Ruby Spriggs in Memoriam: Poetry in the Light


light through the wings
of a tiger-swallowtail
our time together flew
but your memory still
in bright light and deep shadow


in a sunny meadow
thinking on your passing
the butterflies
on the flowers
cast beautiful shadows


at a fruit stall
comparing apples
and oranges
in love with two women
unable to decide


baby cardinal
a year or two and you'll sing
how much longer will it take
for this tanka poet
to find his voice


Grant Savage is a poet and nature photographer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In 1999 he won the Betty Drevniok Award for best haiku. His work has appeared in Wind Five Folded, Lynx, Red Moon Anthology and other publications.


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