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Summer 2005, vol 3 no 2

Tanka ~ Angela Leuck

spring wind
chasing an autumn leaf
I call your number
surprised by my sadness
when you’re not there

on my balcony
an orange geranium blooms
under sheets of rain
while you are in Scotland
with your bonny rose

at rest on this stone
while the wind blows the waves
to my feet
I hum a tune so old
I can’t remember its name

racing home
before the storm
I find your letter
in my mailbox &
the first few drops of rain

wondering what remains
of our friendship
I step over
the contents of a bottle
spilled across the walk

I sit beside you
on the piano bench
our fingers stumbling
through the passages
of this complicated duet

gazing out
at maples newly bare
after last night’s wind
stripped away too
my last hopes of you

tall reeds bending
in the strong east wind
and here I am
still thinking your words
cannot move me

sleepless tonight
I wonder what it would be like
to lie in his arms
as the January frost
on the window melts

cold winter morning
still waiting
for his answer
I step into the silence
of the snow-covered pine

the winter storm
has died down and left me
in silence
to wade through drifts
of deep uncertainty


Angela Leuck is a haiku, tanka, and renku poet, and had a solo show of her haiga in 2001. Her tanka have been published online in Tanka in the Light and Lynx, and in journals, American Tanka and red lights. She was a winner of Tanka Splendor Awards in 2001 and 2004.

Along with Kozue Uzawa, she founded Tanka Canada, with the goal of supporting and encouraging excellence in English-language tanka and, within Canada, of creating a flourishing tanka community with strong links to both the Japanese-Canadian community and other mainstream Canadian poets. The first issue of their journal gusts is planned for June 2005.

Angela is also working on developing a line of commercial haiku gift books, most recently Rose Haiku for Flower Lovers and Gardeners (Price-Patterson, Spring 2005).

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