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Summer 2008, vol 6 no 2
 

TANKA

Larry Kimmel
 

always fascinated by
that last half-inch in the long crawl
of evolution
where mankind straightens
to step out of the picture

 

eons ago
an Eocene fish got buried in mud —
now framed
on my stairway wall
its fossiled fame

 

the sea-green pool
in the woodland river —
after 30 years and all
the great capitals of the world,
the sea-green pool

 

this past August,
all at once, the abuse of a decade
condensed into a bullet —
     there's a house for sale
     in our neighborhood

 

family in bed
and term papers graded —
he steps,
without hope, into the snowy night
to see her bedroom window lit

 

you phone saying, "it's me,"
as if I should have
a long-distance heart on —
don't you know it's a moonless
middle of the night here

 


Larry Kimmel Larry Kimmel's tanka and haiku have been published in England, Canada, Romania, Australia, Russia and Japan, as well as throughout the US. His most recent books are a river years from here (haibun); Blue Night & the inadequacy of long-stemmed roses (tanka and other short poems); and this hunger, tissue-thin (tanka). He lives with his wife in the hills of western Massachusetts, USA.