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Summer 2009, vol 7 no 2
 

TANKA

Carol Raisfeld
 

after she died,
sorting through pieces
of mother's life
the shoebox filled with cards
why hadn't I sent nicer ones?

 

the blue dress
she wore to my wedding ...
I donate the clothes
that still carry her scent
a strand of hair

 

in the back
of a dresser drawer,
a photograph
when she was very young
who was the man beside her?

 

the house bare
on that final night
before leaving
I open all the curtains
to let the stars come in

 


Carol Raisfeld Carol Raisfeld lives in Atlantic Beach, New York. Photography and poetry are an integral part of her life, as well as boxing and yoga. As an inventor and toy designer, she holds US and foreign design patents. She is associate editor of Simply Haiku, Director of WHChaikumultimedia, and a member of the editorial board of Modern Haiga. Her poetry, art and photography have appeared worldwide in print, online journals and anthologies. Carol's work may be seen at Haikubuds.com and her full profile here.