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Spring 2007, vol 5 no 1

TANKA

Susan Delphine Delaney
 

under the live oak
dappled moonlight
and yesterday's warm air
slipping the ribbon
from your love letters

 

he cannot see
the light
around my shadow
a gust of wind
reverses the stream's flow

 

sunset
at the wind turbine
the spiral staircase
awaits the tread
of the windmaster

 

autumn afternoon
standing beneath
the glowing yellow hickory
my whole body answers
'yes, I like butter!'

 

google search
for a long lost love
after forty years
still carrying
the torch

 

hiking up the mountain
we keep silence
each pretending to pray
until we turn back
and find the breath for talk

 

tenderly
she wipes the lips
of her birthmother
then feeds her
another spoon of pudding

 

moaning in the wind
the pine
with four strands
of barbed wire
grown into its heartwood

 

first kiss
racing towards us
a stripe of sunlight
bearing
a butterfly

 

face aglow
the old monk
bends
to gather roses
for the virgin's feast

 


Susan Delphine Delaney Susan Delphine Delaney, MD, MS, is a psychiatrist living in Plano, Texas. She has a private practice in Plano, where she is assisted by her therapy dog, Laura. Susan also works with homeless mentally ill persons in Dallas two days a week. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications devoted to haiku and tanka, and most recently in the anthology edited by M. Kei, Firepearls: Masterpieces of the Human Heart (2006).