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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3
 

TANKA

Terra Martin
 

if only
to be a kite
today
with the crested clouds
of a cerulean sky

 

waking up
to your pillow
the hollow left behind
still warm
to the touch

 

what is the texture
of sorrow
traces
of streaky raindrops
on a dusty window

 

to turn
from the grave
once more
to walk
through violets

 

if I were to measure
years by sunsets
how rich
in pirated treasure
I would be

 


Terra Martin Terra Martin is a therapist and lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her work has appeared in Amaze, Sketchbook, The Green Leaf, HDP broadsheet and Modern English Tanka. Her hobbies include pottery, stained glass and ice hockey.