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Winter 2005, vol 3 no 4


On Reading Keats
Don Miller, USA


When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain . . .
                                                              John Keats

I sit in darkness
after I have read
and am haunted
by the words that she said

"Ronnie has gone to a place that not even I can reach him"

and I dread
the slow passage of time
until I am no longer able
to draw these thoughts
from my mind

from branch to branch
this cardinal song fades . . .
soon, is it echoes?


Don Miller has been writing for nearly 25 years; first capturing images of the Midwest where he grew up. Now his influence is the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico where he has lived for over 18 years. Recent writings have been included and/or are forthcoming in Full Moon, Simply Haiku, tinywords, CHO (Contemporary Haibun Online) and Modern Haiku.