Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
September-October 2004, vol. 2, no. 5

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Patricia Prime: Tanka


the hawk
hanging in air
over the broken ground
of summer's brown tracts


the light plane
over sallow hills
the breathtaking view
as we return to earth


in her first paintbox
colours in graduated rows
form a rainbow
with a licked finger
she paints her lips red


down the footpath
to the crumbling jetty
the same water
remember, we say, the first time
our eyes locked into permission


poetry reading
with plates of sandwiches
and fancy cakes
we use our wits to string along
the empty audience


Patricia Prime resides in New Zealand, where she co-edits the journal Kokako. She is a frequent contributor of poetry, reviews, articles and essays to magazines devoted to tanka, haiku, and related literature, in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.