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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2


Randy M. Brooks


[These tanka are dedicated to my mother, Grace Margaret Brooks, who grew up too soon on the Kansas prairie. This is not a sequence.]


her open suitcase
first thing out
a box
of opened
Belgian chocolates


youngest now
the woman of
the farm house
the chicken house
the milk house


small bench
in the combine bin
perfect for
a get-a-way


and my dad
walk the ranch fences
mending everything
by spring


sugar cane shocks
tossed onto the truck.
again, my apologies,
mr. and mrs. mouse


grandpa wades into
the Dodge City swimming pool
in his cowboy hat.
we give a whoop and holler
splashing over to his side


Randy M. Brooks Dr. Randy Brooks, Professor of English, directs the writing major and serves as chair of the English Department at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, USA. He and his wife, Shirley Brooks, have been co-editors and publishers of Brooks Books, (formerly High/Coo Press) and currently are editors of Mayfly magazine. Randy is also web editor for Modern Haiku magazine. He and his wife have been dedicated to publishing books, magazines and hypertext collections of haiku in English since 1976 when they founded High/Coo Press.