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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Start Of My Tanka Journey

These were my first two published tanka, appearing in Valley Micropress Vol.13 Iss.3 (April, 2010). They were written after Owen Bullock did a tanka talk at the Christmas do of the then Papamoa Poets group. The subject matter is very Kiwi summer.

after the gypsy fair
seeing summer
in a flowering pōhutukawa
the smell of snow
drifts into my mind

Pōhutukawa tree, affectionaly known as New Zealand's
Christmas tree. Photo by Kirsten Cliff, Papamoa Beach.

plaza Christmas tree
decorated with starfish
and jandals
I automatically look
for a pair my size

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