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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Edge of Hope: A tanka sequence with Seánan Forbes

The Edge of Hope
by Seánan Forbes, UK/USA
and Kirsten Cliff, New Zealand
in the fringes of my dreams
Mare Marginis
my evening meditations
on the edge of hope

falling again
down this hand-dug well
on the edge of hope
I recite lines of poetry
without moving my lips

circling your garden
I speak of love 
without moving my lips
I lift your name
to the gods

my fears
push against this ritual
to the gods
I pledge my truth
with the scent of myrrh

autumn leaf-song
we sketch memories
with the scent of myrrh
old dreams
become new vows 

Published in Skylark 1:2, Winter 2013

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