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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1
 

TANKA

Don Miller
 

I walk the homestead
one last time, visiting
buried memories. . . .
with a rock my dad pounds
the signpost into the ground

 

orange-cream swirls
of thin and wispy clouds
I sit
in the morning twilight
and stir my latte

 

on the eve
of the Year of the Rat
tears of sorrow
share the shoe box
with his pet

 

how many points
will my blood pressure drop
when she is gone
this teenage daughter
in her senior year

 

remembering
Grandma's holiday feast
through tear-filled eyes
I address Christmas cards
but set hers aside

 

my best friend and I
at our high school reunion
thirty years later
neither one of us where
we thought we would be

 

light drizzle
I want to ease through the day
and dangle
from the margin of a leaf
like a raindrop

 


Originally from the Midwest, Don Miller has been living in southern New Mexico for over 20 years. His haiku, tanka, haibun and other short poetry have been published in several on-line journals and/or print magazines.