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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3


Francis Masat


heat wave
the taste of sweat  
on her hip  
  far thunder -
  the soft sounds
of a cat purring
vacation planning -
a loose balloon floats  
over the yard  
  skimming rocks
  stillness returns
  ...each time
azure blue sky...
I turn a corner  
into a black cloud  

Raised and educated in the Midwest, Francis Masat moved to Key West,
Florida, after 35 years as a university professor in the Midwest and
New Jersey. He now enjoys living, volunteering, and writing in a
tropical setting.

His older work appears in Avant, Instructor, Liberal Education,
Mathematics Magazine, Pony Tracks and Buffalo Trails, and The Pentagon.

Recent work, which reflects his Midwest roots, some new directions, and
the tropics, has been accepted by Amaze, Artistry in Poetry, bottle
, Frog Pond, Haiku Harvest, Haiku Spirit, Heron's Nest, Illinois
, Life in Alaska, Lynx, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, Muse, Apprentice
, Paper Wasp, Poetry Midwest, Prairie Poetry, Short Stuff, Solares
, Tiny Words, and others.

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