Forgiveness . . . (a tanka for meditation)

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Published in red lights, volume 18, no. 2, June 2022

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with healing hands 
placed over my heart, 
I hear its whispering
voice between beats—
forgive, forgive, forgive

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Dark morning & wild winds

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Kokako #36, Spring 2022

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 It’s always a joy to have the New Zealand poetry journal, Kokako, publish some of my poetry.  For their spring issue, they chose a one-line haiku and two tanka. I hope you enjoy them.

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seabirds drift on thermals—night becomes day

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cassia, lady slippers,
dutchman’s breeches, rue –
my garden becomes
the one circle of friends
I find it hard to leave

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dark morning
filled with wild winds
that blow the birds awake
      & by the crows’ swift,
and sharp reply 

Inner Life . . . (tanka)

 

The third (and last) tanka published in the latest issue of Gusts:

 

 

does inner life
start or end in the heart
     I heard it for the first time
in a deep red canyon,
that distant river of me

 

 

 

GUSTS no. 35, Contemporary Tanka,
Spring/Summer  2022 Tanka Canada

Imagination . . . (tanka)

 

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Universe by Gerd Altmann

 

A second tanka published in the spring/summer issue of Gusts:

 

imagination . . .                                
the only place it’s always
safe to go and wander,                    
just the songs of stars
and sweep of ice-drifts

 

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GUSTS no. 35, Contemporary Tanka,
Spring/Summer  2022 (Tanka Canada)