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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

_kala
 

love
is an oasis
you say...
or does our thirst
play tricks on us?

 

surfing through
channels of thought
I tune into
the lingering memory
of mother's favourite saris

 

she lights
the bronze lamp
each morning –
a new day for mother to love
her Goddess, all over again

 

my family wept
over our dog's death
I weep
for those days I grudged him
his early morning walk

 


_kala _kala says, as editor, she is excited about the forthcoming ebook from Katha, a renowned publisher in India—filled with haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and haiga—the work of 35 Indian haijin. _kala is on the editorial team of Modern English Tanka Press's new anthology, Take Five: The Best Contemporary Tanka of 2008 & 2009.  She is also on the panel of editors of Muse India, a literary e-journal to look after areas of haiku and short verses. Its November 2009 issue will focus on short verses, spanning India's journey from ancient to modern poetry, including haiku, senryu and tanka.