Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

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Four tanka

sipping my coffee —
shop awnings
striped and stippled
with sun and shade
up and down the avenue

cloudy blue sky
painted on the brick wall . . .
at each level
of the fire escape
a pot of red geraniums

tucked beneath
an overpass:
tangle of bittersweet
and a cardboard hovel
that someone calls home

almost dawn . . .
night packs its bags
catches a cab
and heads for the station
as day comes in the door


Published in the anthology Neon Graffiti: Tanka Poetry of Urban Life, November 2016.

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One thought on “Four tanka

  1. Like the consistent and carefully measured observation in this – very evocative, very telling… And the last stanza produces a very pleasing close… Though myself I might have preferred the last line to be: ‘as the day comes through the door.” or; “streaming through the door.” Dunno??? Just a thought…

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