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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2

TANKA

Deborah P. Kolodji

 

the great blue heron
perches on a branch
two sizes too small --
a collective gasp
as it leaves us

 

children
near the garden pond
feeding koi
this cloudy afternoon ...
flashes of red and gold

 

ermine
against her cheeks
naked before the fire--
a California girl unused
to snow

 


Deborah P. Kolodji Deborah P. Kolodji works in information technology to fund her poetry obsessions. She is a member of the Haiku Society of America and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her work has appeared in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Roadrunner, White Lotus, Strange Horizons, Star*Line, Hummingbird, Acorn, and many other places. She has published three chapbooks of poetry. unfinished book, a chapbook of haiku and cinquains, was published in February 2006 by Shadow Ink Publications. [ http://www.shadowpoetry.com/bookstore/unfinishedbook.html ]