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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3

TANKA

an'ya


seashells scattered
along the tin-can beach
like women . . .
he chooses a pretty one
to take home to mother

 

it's just for this
I keep a constant vigil
until daybreak . . .
beside me exhausted
lies an angel-faced moon

 

half full of bulbs,
parked over its shadow
the wheelbarrow . . .
my pregnant wife rests
in mid-day shade

 

since you're out
in the world without me
all day today . . .
I watch the hummingbirds while
you keep flitting through my mind

 

Dear diary:
nothing much to write about,
what did I expect . . .
that love would always bring me
meadowlarks and wildflowers?

 

she's not far away
whenever I can hear
my wind chime . . .
it blows in the same breeze
that tangles her brunette hair


an'ya is currently the editor of moonset haiku journal, as well as editor of Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America newsletter and journal. She's president of the OhtS (Oregon haiku and tanka Society), past-editor of haigaonline, and past-director of the World Haiku Club Beginners group.

an'ya's complete biography can be read at her book site: http://www.thenatal-lightpress.com. For samples of her work, Google under "an'ya haiku and/or tanka".

She is currently devoted to exploring mostly "romantic" themes in her tanka, from both the female and male point of view. Her imagery is evocative of tanka's precursor, the waka of Old Japan.—Michael McClintock


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