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Spring 2008, vol 6 no 1
 

TANKA

Collin Barber
 

gone
but we still talk about
the shooting star . . .
another empty bottle
on the windowsill

 

I tiptoe slowly
through the seasons . . .
every year
a shorter distance
between birthdays

 

the baby leaves
a fingerprint on my glasses
I look at the stars
wishing I could know
his view of our world

 

ant leads ant
around a dead oak's
skeleton
       still no end
       to war

 

sunlight
fills the windowpane
as if I needed
another excuse
to hate my job

 

driving for miles
with nothing to say
she waits
until my favorite song
to start a fight

 

writer's block —
if only I could remember
the poem
that won all the awards
in last night's dream

 


name Collin Barber lives in Marion, Arkansas, with his wife and two sons. He is employed as an MRI Technologist at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and he aspires to one day become a Medical Physicist.

Some of Collin's tanka have been published in bottle rockets, Eucalypt, moonset, and Ribbons. He was also one of the winners in the annual Tanka Splendor Awards contest. More of his work can be seen at his website, http://collinbarber.com .