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Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1


Tanka ~ Curtis Dunlap

casual conversation–
a young barber speaks
of spring break plans
while clumps of gray hair
gather in my lap

to the drone
of the train's engines
I slip
into tomorrow

a mild winter day --
my daughter dances
to Vivaldi
today, I don't mind
having crow's feet

you pass my door
in a rush
to smoke a cigarette
without a pause
for my one breath poem

little green snake
on the woodland path
I watch you depart
across the fallen leaves
through my camera lens

Curtis Dunlap lives near the confluence of the Mayo and Dan rivers in a small NC town called Mayodan. He and his wife, Jane, have three children and one beagle. He enjoys playing guitar, reading and writing various forms of poetry, and telling "home-grown" stories to his children. Curtis has been published in Frogpond, The Heron's Nest and Modern Haiku. His personal haiku and related forms web site is called 'haikai from tobacco road' located at

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