Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Contents Archives About Simply Haiku Submissions Search
Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4
 

TANKA

Cathy Drinkwater Better
 

the roof's shadow
creeps across the terrace—
inch by inch
the day is consumed
by the songs of cicadas

 

word of your illness—
the fallen leaves
so unexpected
this late summer day
which dawned like all the rest

 

you were born
as leaves began their change
to shades of autumn
                I rocked your sleeping form
                touched my first gray hair

 

love poems
on yellowed pages
long forgotten—
why are we always so surprised
when promises are broken?

 

my rake down
the hedge clippers at rest
only the bees
still working
this Sunday afternoon

 

a monarch lingers
on the wild raspberry—
I dare not breathe
even the sun seems to pause
in its journey 'cross the sky

 

how eagerly
green shoots grasp
the trellis by the door...
with your practiced hands on me
we are one with the cool, mossy stones

 


Cathy Drinkwater Better Cathy Drinkwater Better is an editor, an award-winning journalist and poet, and a children's book author. She especially enjoys working in Japanese forms including haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun; and combining poetry with art and photography in both traditional and modern haiga. Her poetry has been published in the US, Canada, and abroad since 1969, including three books of haiku: the moon tonight (Los Hombres Press, 1996); the sky is all there is (Astute Platypus Press, 1999); and the mini-chapbook set cat and human (Black Cat Press, 2002). Better has won numerous awards for both poetry and journalism, most recently taking second place in the 14th Annual (2008) Robert Frost Poetry Festival Haiku Contest; and First Place-for the third consecutive year-for Local Column-Humor/Feature, Division D, in the 2007 Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association Editorial Contest. Better lives in Eldersburg, Maryland, USA.