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Spring 2007, vol 5 no 1


The Wrong Side of the Bridge
M. Kei


I live in a rural, backwards area most people can't wait to leave:

Cecil County-
loved best in the
rearview mirror

But it's beautiful here. We had fog yesterday, thick, soupy fog. It made my arthritis hurt, but it's beautiful. I think most people just see it as 'yuck.'

Crossing the foot bridge,
a view of infinity in
the abyss of fog

Wherever you go, there you are, so you'd better learn to like it. We carry our own beauty with us, and no matter what the outside world looks like, it will always be filtered through our internal beliefs and values.

She faded away, my mother, black hair turning to pepper, then grey, then white, her body fading a little slower until all that was left was the 'O' of her dying mouth, then she too, like the Cheshire cat, was gone.

mother's death-
in the winter market
I crave green lettuce

M. Kei M. Kei lives on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, USA. He crews aboard a skipjack, a traditional wooden sailboat used to fish for oysters. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for a local maritime museum. His poetry has been accepted for publication by Eucalypt (AUS), Kokako (NZ), Gusts (CAN), American Tanka, Modern English Tanka, Wisteria, Bottle Rockets, Red Lights, Ribbons, Moonset, Nisqually Delta Review, Haiku Harvest, Lynx, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Simply Haiku, Mayfly, and others. His work also appears in the anthologies Fire Pearls, Sixty Sunflowers, To Find the Moon, and Haiku Miscellany (CRO). He moderates the Kyoka Mad Poems e-list and is also the Editor of Fire Pearls: Short Masterpieces of the Human Heart, on the theme of love and passion, now available from M. Kei can be contacted through his blog at