Tanka – Red Lights

 

coronation year –
a monkey dances
on the organ
while mother shows me off
in the street

 

the blackbird
ends its song
in the quiet afternoon
I place violets
on mother’s grave

 

© Martha Magenta

Red Lights Vol 14.2 June 2018, ISSN 1557 – 6817

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About marthamagenta

Martha Magenta lives in Bristol, England, UK. Her haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in a number of journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded Honourable Mentions for her haiku in The Fifth Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards, 2017, and the 71st Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest, 2017, and for her tanka in UHTS “Fleeting Words” Tanka Contest 2017. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017. https://marthamagenta.com/
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