Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
November-December 2004, Volume 2, Number 6

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Tanka: Allen McGill


arms entwined
we watched from a hilltop
the autumn sun
reflected off the lake
in a distant valley

wet sand
drawn from beneath my feet
a wave recedes
carrying moonlight
on its rolling crest

rest home --
the closer I move
toward you
the farther you seem
to draw away

garden gnome
a little girl plants
a kiss
to say goodnight
led to staying forever

cup outstretched, a mother
fans her sleeping children
Mexican noon
two dogs splayed out flat
beneath a parked car


Originally from New York City, Allen McGill lives, writes, acts and directs theatre in Mexico. His published fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, photos, etc., have appeared in print as well as online: NY Times, The Writer, Newsday, Literary Potpourri, Flashquake, Poetry Midwest, Poetic Voices, Herons Nest, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, World Haiku Review, and many others. He is haibun editor for Simply Haiku.