Some Haiku and Tanka

Some Haiku and Tanka

drawings by Ralph Lillford

Christmas lights swirling

snakes in the tree. Another

unpublished poem.

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Sun’s bright yellow in

his beak, as far from me as

what will never speak.

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Pine tree black against

moonlit mist; to be almost

as happy as this.

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Closed lilies floating

by the water’s edge, trees bound

by the swaying dark.

But suddenly I am geese

printing distant air with flight.

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Awake in the dark

I hear a furious bee

knocking against glass.

Slanting in across the roofs

the first cool rain of autumn.

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Sitting in the guard’s

van on everyone else’s

bags, poets can smile.

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