Night Run – Tanka Sequence

 

Night Run

 

street lights
fight the darkness
a clenched fist
of wind slams litter
against a wall

 

neon light
splinters
across my eyes
like sun stabbing
through shattered glass

 

adrenalin
flows through me
like wildfire
eyes scratch off my back
like blades

 

the quiver
of crime-scene tape
blocks the road
the sidewalk
stained with blood

 

a plasma
tv screen
blares out
a soap opera
through an open window

 

Red Lights Vol. 15, no 2 June 2019 ISSN 1557 – 6817

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About Martha Magenta

Martha Magenta is an award-winning haiku poet living in Bristol, England, UK. She has a passion for herbalism, gardening, veganism, animal rights, Earth and the environment. She has worked for ActionAid, and Friends of the Earth. Her poetry, haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded first, second and third prizes and Honourable Mentions in contests for haiku, tanka and haibun in 2017 - 2019. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017 and 2018. She collects her published work on a blog: https://marthamagenta.com/
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