a haiku sequence

while doves cry i coo

 

a season word
cuts 'twixt my coming
and my going

 

human nature stages a high coup

 

spell casting
a hokkus pokkus
of words

 

the verbal hiccups of a beat movement

 

close reading a cross-eyed ku

park bench—
yesterday's warmth
old news

overhead
galaxies swamped
in equations

 

step by step
our paths merge together
as water and wine . . .
in these unplanned moments
we sip eternity

cattails Premier Edition - January 2014
Editor's Choice - Tanka


Editor's comments:

Being a hopeless romantic and given that tanka originated as court poetry, this one by Hansha Teki of New Zealand, is one of my Editor's Choices. The rhythm being approximately s, l, s, l, l, right off qualifies it as a tanka rather than just a free verse or mainstream short poem. The content is poetic yet not overly done, nor does it lack either in substance or depth. Lines 1 and 2 set up the situation, line 3 gives us a pause plus a twist instead of simply being a run-on sentence. Lines 4 and 5 bring us back to the beginning which gives us closure. Literally “we sip eternity” of unplanned moments with its author.

cattails Principal editor an'ya, USA

leaf by leaf
a lilac emerges
in birdsong . . .

 

trickling stream . . .
stones at rest gather
smoothness