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Tanka and Sijo - Debra Woolard Bender

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wild phlox
its purple rush
along highways
ever coming and going
why this perennial flight?


even my reply
turns to cobalt blue
his name
his name
echoes in ink


how still his wings
glide through brittle pine
hawk's shadow
in clarity of endless blue
needles shiver green sunlight


pages turn...
old stories become new
when grandchildren
see our baby pictures
for the very first time




come, letís comb white cotton clouds
from these last-of-summer days

we'll roll them out on a bed of leaves
close by the singing stream

lullabye my little one,
rest in sweet dreams of make-believe



Debra Woolard Bender, an American artist/poet residing in Orlando, Florida, has concentrated on Asian verse forms since October 1999. Recent genres include haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka, imayo, sijo, and ren-forms in both traditional and expermental forms. She has been published in various paper and online journals. She is an active participant in haikuforum, an online discussion mailing list for poets of Asian genres.


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