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

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

New Year's Day
the heat of the moment
all over us