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Autumn 2006, vol 4 no 3

TANKA

Aurora Antonovic


selling my paintings
from each old house
every time I move
I reinvent
myself

 

no one will love you like I do
he says over and over
this damp spring morning –
his words more like a threat
than a promise

 

the neighbourhood church bell
peals this early fall morning –
even as a child
I knew it didn’t ring
for me

 

graveside, the sky
orange and blue –
forever
those colours will remind me
of death

 

they arrive like clockwork
every Friday --
roses from the one
who can never say
he’s sorry

 

finally home
I unpack my luggage ...
the red silk blouse
not as colourful as it was
in Beijing

 

happy in love
for the first time
this spring
never have I seen green
look so lovely

 


Aurora Antonovic Aurora Antonovic has recently joined the Simply Haiku staff as editor of traditional and modern haiga. She is a Canadian writer, editor, and visual artist whose work has appeared in publications spanning twelve countries and five continents. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and editor of A Little Archive of Poetry.