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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

Margaret L Grace
 

on the day
of my mother's funeral
I return library books
pay bills . . . almost as if
it was me leaving

 

in times of despair
and utter desolation
I look to the stars
measuring my connection
to this universe

 

a sun-beam
widens to cover the wall
in yellow light
my unclad shadow
makes me ten feet tall

 

not knowing
there are boundaries
the big white gum
taps on the window
of our neighbour's bedroom

 

to bed
leaving the two of them . . .
when I awaken
evidence of a party
toy mouse
      red ball
        rumpled rug

 

in a dinghy
anchored to the sea bed
I doze . . . drift
on 'bombay sapphire blue'
while bottle nose dolphins sing

 


Margaret L Grace Margaret L Grace lives with her husband on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. She works on Found Object Sculpture, Assemblge and poetry. Sailing has been a passion as well as walking the Himalayas.