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Autumn 2006, vol 4 no 3

TANKA

Marjorie Buettner


another spring
the nights are long and languid
caught in becoming
tell me before we vanish
how much you have loved this life

 

the reversed Tao
Yeats's gyres that do not hold
dreams of unrest...
this morning I imagined
I could talk with you again

 

almost spring
the sound of deer
moving out of darkness
all night long the moon has paved
deep circles around my sleep

 

chastising
each other for what went wrong
wounded, wounding
the dull thud of sudden flight
against invisible glass

 

should I have died
on my way to work
this hoar-frost morning
let crystals that beg viewing
pave a path of light for me

 

early spring
I wash my hair in rain
once again
down to the bare essence
of this mystery called life

 


Marjorie Buettner Marjorie Buettner's haiku, tanka, and other short form verse have won many awards, including First Place and Honorable mention in the Harold G. Henderson Haiku Society of America Award, 2002, 2004 respectively.