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Winter 2006, vol 4 no 4

TANKA

Stephen A. Peters
 

beethoven's
ode to joy
the mind lifts
and the dull clouds
go away

 

not wanting
to go there
i know
i shouldn't
but i do

 

summer breeze
sidewalk cafe
reading the newspaper
a passing smile
i smile too

 

graveyard shift
not quite in sync with the night
and the clock overhead
thinking of other things
and tomorrow's want ads

 

winter solstice
among the faded photographs
in a box
tonight the loneliness
grows longer

 

sidewalk stranger sitting
alone along the street
something about you
deep inside me
also feels autumn's breeze

 


Stephen A. Peters lives in the Pacific Northwest, in Bellingham, Washington. He writes that he "enjoys the concept of less is more, simple, yet profound."