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Spring 2007, vol 5 no 1

TANKA

Stephen A. Peters
 

spring breeze
except for
some weeds
the grass
a deeper green

 

trial separation
the candlelight
slowly ebbs
mars bright
in the autumn sky

 

change of seasons
a quiet walk
the space
between us
grows longer

 

with only one thing
to do
before doing it
i do something
else instead

 

early morning chill
recently divorced
a warm sweater
some extra sugar
in the coffee

 

stormy skies
the singing of
national anthems
leaves falling
in the breeze

 

what i know now
after you left
fascinated by a clown
for a short time
while at the circus

 

stranger along the path
i too
among the
cherry blossoms
pause

 


Stephen A. Peters lives in the Pacific Northwest, Bellingham, Washington. He writes that he ". . . travels near and far but mostly near, in search of haiku, senyru and tanka enlightenment."