Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
September-October 2004, vol. 2, no. 5

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Patricia Prime: Tanka

 

the hawk
hanging in air
swoops
over the broken ground
of summer's brown tracts

 

the light plane
looping-the-loop
over sallow hills
the breathtaking view
as we return to earth

 

in her first paintbox
colours in graduated rows
form a rainbow
with a licked finger
she paints her lips red

 

down the footpath
to the crumbling jetty
the same water
remember, we say, the first time
our eyes locked into permission

 

poetry reading
with plates of sandwiches
and fancy cakes
we use our wits to string along
the empty audience

 


Patricia Prime resides in New Zealand, where she co-edits the journal Kokako. She is a frequent contributor of poetry, reviews, articles and essays to magazines devoted to tanka, haiku, and related literature, in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.