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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1
 

TANKA

John Stevenson
 

poet
with
note pad
taking orders
from the river

 

spring flooding—
who knows what hope
is a false hope,
which bridge
won't hold

 

my wedding ring
and some old photos;
a wooden cask
with a cleverly carved top
that closes snugly

 

a former enemy
has written me
a long letter
about the suicide
of a mutual friend

 

a news photograph—
i look at the condemned man
and think "me"
at the man with the gun
and think "we"

 


John Stevenson John Stevenson is a former president of The Haiku Society of America, former editor of Frogpond, and currently the managing editor of The Heron's Nest. He is a founding member of the Route 9 Haiku Group of Halfmoon, NY, which has published Upstate Dim Sum, A Biannual Anthology of Haiku and Senryu since 2001.