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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1
 

TANKA

Annette Mineo
 

a text
from my daughter
"didn't get job don't call"
from the night sky
new snow covers an old world

 

finally
books from amazon
arrive in the mail
a spot of winter sunshine
warming me to the bone

 

the ocean storm's energy
a surprise to me
no more
do I question
where I fit in

 

in the nor'easter's
wild winds
we stand touching
before green hills of ocean
the only two people on earth

 

mama says
everyone she knows is dying
these days
icicles by the back door
show no sign of melting

 

so much waiting
in this life
when will they come
the lively red-winged blackbirds
to my lonely marsh again

 

as long as I
can write these little poems
in between
the moons the storms the changing tides
I just might survive

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the publication where this poem was first published. "in the nor'easter's", Modern English Tanka - MET 6, Vol. 2, No. 2

 


Annette Mineo Annette Mineo lives in the seaside artist village of Rockport, Massachusetts. Her poems have been published in a variety of tanka journals and she has written and published two chapbooks: empty baskets and six sunflowers and an inch worm.