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

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Tanka: Melissa Dixon


small shock
of finding a daffodil
in a wild hollow
will she feel less lonely
if I take her home?

-- from American Tanka, Issue #9, Fall, 2000

not wanting
to leave this room
the mad flight of birds
crossing the sky

and this is my favorite cove...
unerringly he sits on
the rock I love best
I hunker down near him
smiling...for now

five days
and no word from him--
in the wooden bowl
a black spot
on the golden mango

slow down, I whisper--
will there not always be
tea in my cup
and a half-written poem
when I leave this body?

-- from Tanka Splendor, winner, 2002

Melissa Dixon began having haiku published in 1991, but moved her focus to tanka in 2000, finding the form more rewarding. That same year she won third prize for her entry in the Japan Tanka Poets' Society contest, and since then has received other awards in Japan and America. Her work has been included in the recently published The Tanka Anthology (Red Moon Press, 2003).