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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2

TANKA

Randy M. Brooks

 

[These tanka are dedicated to my mother, Grace Margaret Brooks, who grew up too soon on the Kansas prairie. This is not a sequence.]

 

her open suitcase
first thing out
a box
of opened
Belgian chocolates

 

youngest now
the woman of
the farm house
the chicken house
the milk house

 

small bench
in the combine bin
perfect for
a get-a-way
read

 

me
and my dad
walk the ranch fences
mending everything
by spring

 

snow-covered
sugar cane shocks
tossed onto the truck.
again, my apologies,
mr. and mrs. mouse

 

grandpa wades into
the Dodge City swimming pool
in his cowboy hat.
we give a whoop and holler
splashing over to his side

 


Randy M. Brooks Dr. Randy Brooks, Professor of English, directs the writing major and serves as chair of the English Department at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, USA. He and his wife, Shirley Brooks, have been co-editors and publishers of Brooks Books, (formerly High/Coo Press) and currently are editors of Mayfly magazine. Randy is also web editor for Modern Haiku magazine. He and his wife have been dedicated to publishing books, magazines and hypertext collections of haiku in English since 1976 when they founded High/Coo Press.