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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1
 

TANKA

Margarita Engle
 

summer dawn
the moon lingers
sharing
my reverence
for daylight

 

Easter morning
mother and child
exchange
feathery dandelions
for wishing

 

summer solstice
between gardenias
and bees
I follow a trail
of fragrant shade

 

college
graduation morning
in the wind
caps and gowns
move like wings

 

spring
blossom trail
between
pink orchards
a path of clouds

 

moving
the seascape
from one wall
to another
wild waves in midair

 

sharing secrets
we discover
that all
have seen demons
in dreams

 

aviary
the woman
with birds
listens to songs
and feels free

 

hammock
I levitate
curled
in a cradle
of air

 


Margarita Engle Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American author of books about the island, most recently two young adult novels in free verse, The Poet Slave of Cuba, and The Surrender Tree, both published by Henry Holt & Co. Honors include a Cintas Fellowship, the American Library Association's Pura Belpré Medal, an International Reading Association Award, and the Américas Award, presented at the Library of Congress. Margarita's next book is Tropical Secrets, Holocaust Refugees in Cuba, forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. in April, 2009.