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Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4
 

TANKA

Melissa Dixon
 

at my desk
a growing pile of paper work --
a poem
diverts my mind -- but
where's my green poetry pen?

 

silver-frosted branches --
I stand and shiver
in this still air . . .
not daring to touch one
lest it shatter

 

an insect
caught in a spider web --
my helpless friend
I'm a different species
but I know just how you feel

 

the black lab
we rescued as a pup
how gracefully
he leaps our fence
to roam the roads again

 

the golden hours
we clung to in those final days
forgive me, love
I couldn't bear to be
the one to close your eyes

 

at my age I just
let things come and go . . .
the autumn sun
sinks down in glory
beyond the trees

 


Melissa Dixon Melissa Dixon is a Canadian actor and writer who cherishes her close connection to the Pacific coast. Living in retirement, she finds inspiration in the ocean shores and appreciates the companionship of others of like mind who have been drawn to the area. Where tanka is concerned, Melissa says she enjoys the process of focusing on an idea, highlighting the heart of it and then tucking it into a recognizable tanka form.