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Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
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Winter 2009, vol 7 no 4
 

TANKA

Janet Lynn Davis
 

I trace them
clear back to Jamestown—
forebears
of the grandfather
I knew little about

 

darn weeds
that I can't yank up
by their roots—
the gumption to thrive
where you're not wanted

 

I step right through
a mad swarm of love bugs,
until now
unsure of my status
as a superhero

 

brand-new house
and yet another leak—
the puddles
I've been sloshing through
on my way to contentment

 

half the rooms
accidentally
painted yellow—
a sin that I can't take
this much cheerfulness?

 

autumn chill
and the tug of past lives...
blissfully I arrive
at this, my latest state
of imperfection

 


Janet Lynn Davis Janet Lynn Davis has been doodling with words and putting together publications ever since Kindergarten and Dick and Jane schoolbooks. Originally from Houston, Texas, she recently moved to a rustic community north of town, amid a forest of tall, thin pines.