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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3
 

TANKA

Darrell Lindsey
 

meeting her
at a crosswalk
years later--
I remember her bookstore
was named Serendipity

 

mystic poets
around a campfire
in last night's dream
I tasted their words
as if they were wine

 

no reply needed
for the mute moon
on this pond
but the silence at home
is screaming for words

 

blackbirds fill
the backyard branches
how swiftly
all manner of darkness
can enter a life

 

a cold stare
at the broken clock–
I might fix it
if I knew you would return
without trying to fix me

 

"no reply needed" was selected for the 2006 Tanka Splendor Award.

 


Darrell Lindsey is a freelance writer from Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas. His haiku and tanka have won awards in the United States, Japan, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Canada. One of his poems published in 2006 was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.