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Two tanka

Earth: Our Common Ground

Earth: Our Common Ground.

scent of berry bush
and sun-warm turf . . .
we stand and breathe
rooted to the rutted earth
and reaching like myrtles

three deer
slip into the woods . . .
twilight deepens
the mystery
of existence


Published in the anthology Earth: Our Common Ground, by Skylark Publishing, Claire Everett (ed.), April 2017.

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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 blossom left

one blossom left

on the orchid stem —

one last blossom

yet to fall

as summer wanes

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How much time?

it ticks by

in the sound

of the oxygen machine . . .

how much time

remains?


Published in the fall 2015 edition of Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America.

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Petal by petal

petal by petal

this withered tulip . . .

I too let fall

some of the things

that no longer matter


Published in the spring/summer edition of Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America, July 2015.

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Finches at the feeder

finches at the feeder

behind the back

of the sleeping cat . . .

what goes on

behind mine?


Published in American Tanka (http://www.americantanka.com/june-2015-issue-25/bill-waters/), 6/26/15.

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Peeled paint

peeled paint . . .

the gray wood

underneath

and a carved heart

long-hidden


Published in Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America, 3/20/15.

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The pond is alive

the pond is alive

with a school of carp!

like children

we point and ask

each other questions

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You tug at my heart

you tug at my heart

the way the moon

tugs at the tides . . .

how many days

till I see you again?

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Crickets

by the mown field

we take a walk

before bed . . .

crickets, sweet crickets,

I’ll hear them in my dreams

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