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Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3
 

TANKA

Larry Kimmel
 

wide snow,
all else perpendicular – the tall trees,
the icicles off the porch eve –
     and I, too, am upright
     in my solitude

 

this rainy a.m.
a splash
of forsythia
holds me
at my office window

 

looking down
on Central Street from the 28th floor,
toy-sized people –
and you in Paris,
a small, small story

 

frowning
at a newspaper on the floor
I think hes depressed,
but no, hes only more farsighted
since last I was home

 

with thumb
I press seed
into soil –
the long, slow silence
of gestation

 

such huge eyes,
Im sorry to kill it –
still warm
I toss the wee body
into the bin

 


Larry Kimmel Larry Kimmel's tanka and haiku have been published in England, Canada, Romania, Australia, Russia and Japan, as well as throughout the US. His most recent books are this hunger, tissue-thin; and Blue Night & the inadequacy of long-stemmed roses, Second Edition, both from Modern English Tanka Press. He lives with his wife in the hills of western Massachusetts, USA.