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Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1

Tanka ~ Gillena Cox

a red ixora bud
carried up the wall
by a parasol ant
Sunday morning i decide
not to take my umbrella


returning home
to an empty house
one ixora
left by the wind
on the step to greet me


what is
so magnificent about
a little brown bird
that two grown people should pause
in the midst of their conversation


that awesome blossom
all others in the garden
bright bold and golden


longer nights
nearing year's end
the crickets
incessantly chirping
fills me completely

Gillena Cox, born in 1950, lives in St. James, Trinidad, where she works part-time in copy cataloguing. She and her husband, Anthony, have two grown children: a daughter, Yanda, and a son, Khama. Gillena maintains a poetry website at .




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