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Winter 2006, vol 4 no 4

TANKA

Gerd Börner
 

by the house
once divided by the Wall
around it
now under cherry trees
goes the old path

 

German:

an dem Haus
das einst die Mauer teilte
vorbei
unter Kirschen nun
die alten Wege gehen

 

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In the meadow at night
freezing fog crumbs in the grass,
splinters of bone
tall oaks scarred by gunshot -
no witnesses left

 

German:

Eisnebel im Gras
und Knochensplitter;
schussvernarbt
stehen hohe Eichen
sonst leben keine Zeugen

 

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a friend's trouble
his two sons live
in discord
with fresh tea I ask
how is your brother doing?

 

German:

Des Freundes Kummer:
die beiden Söhne leben
in Zwietracht ...
Bei frischem Tee frage ich
Wie geht es deinem Bruder?

 

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the last harvest
before the bulldozer
again uprooted
first they pull out
the dead

 

German:

Die letzte Ernte
vor dem Bagger -
wieder vertrieben
ziehen zuerst die Toten
aus

 

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you didn't come with me
from Berlin to Berlin
my friend
the files witness
you were neither

 

German:

kamst nicht mit
von Berlin nach Berlin
mein Freund
die Akten sagen
du warst keiner

 


Gerd Börner was born in 1944 at the village Warnitz in the province Uckermark in Germany. He studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Dresden and lives today as a lyric poet in Berlin, where he is also a member of the editorial staff of the e-magazine "Haiku heute" . As a member of the German Haiku Society (GHS), he is webmaster of the GHS homepage and its e-magazine http://haiku-dhg.kulturserver-nds.de. His poetry appears in diverse anthologies and guest-sites for short poetry on the Internet. His experiments with Haiga appeared in an exhibition of handwritten haiku and tanka at "Haus der Kulturen der Welt", 1999, in Berlin. He has successfully participated in international contests of short poetry, taking third place in "The English Tanka & Haiku Convention on Water, River, Lake and Sea" sponsored by Japan Society. He maintains his own website with spoken short poetry at www.ideedition.de. Gerd Börner's most recent publication is Hinterhofhitze. Moderne Kurzlyrik - Haiku und Haibun, Ideedition Berlin, 2005. Email: gerdboerner@gmx.net.