Tanka

 

the jasmine
spreads over the garden
with abandon
my hair unfurls unrestrained
on your pillow without you

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

 

I try to put
the words of the wind
in my poem
this windswept place
reminds me of you

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

 

drawn to your scent
I linger in your caress
and wonder
will I disappear if
you stop dreaming me

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

 

training corps
marking time with style
blue mink stockings
bomber jacket, skirt
we made love not war

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

 

sometimes
a shimmer on the stair
a trace of your scent
lingers in my memory
and fills the air I breathe

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

 

you call me
from the far east
this day
I watch a leaf fall
from your tree

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

 

the life buoy
detached from its moorings
frolicking in the waves
we catch and return it to its chain
wondering if we could feel so free

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

 

I dream of
a cuckoo calling
my heart
an empty nest
since you left

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

 

crows caw
announcing the day
in the stark dawn light
my soul lingers with you
your memory follows behind me

The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2016

© Martha Magenta

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About marthamagenta

Martha Magenta lives in Bristol, England, UK. She has a passion for herbalism, gardening, Earth and the environment, animal rights and veganism. She has worked for ActionAid, and Friends of the Earth. She has been writing poetry for several years. More recently she has studied haiku and related arts. Her poetry, haiku, senryu and tanka have appeared in a number of journals and magazines. She collects her published work on a blog: https://marthamagenta.com/
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