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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3
 

TANKA

Magdalena Dale
 

wings of butterflies
over red poppy petals
these silhouettes hugging;
on the deserted path
only me and my shadow

 

scents of flowers
in the chalice of the heart;
in summer twilight
again my daydreams
accompany a shadow

 

in the midsummer
I sit with a shadow
on a bench…
scattered petals
and useless butterflies

 

I find myself
in a saline tear
between eyelids…
or in the rain droplet
fallen on a rose bush

 

nightly thoughts
struggle helplessly,
this black butterfly
with both wings broken
by the hostile wind

 


Magdalena Dale Magdalena Dale lives in Bucharest, Romania. She is a member of the Romanian Haiku Society and has been published in several reviews: Haiku, Albatros, Dor de Dor, Ribbons and Modern English Tanka. Her poetry is published in the bilingual anthology Flori de tei/Lime-tree flowers and she is anthologized in Fire Pearls: Short Masterpieces of the Human Heart. Her tanka and other poems have appeared in more literary sites online. Magdalena recently published her fist bilingual tanka book Perle de rouă/Dew pearls.