Tanka Sequence





 John Daleiden, US


A Song of Joy


your warm touch
awakens sleeping desire
beneath a new moon
enfold me in your embrace,
protection in the night chill

something old,
something blue and something new—
Yes, I do!
brisk autumn winds carry
the scent of chrysanthemums

on a starry night
we sip wine by candle light—
my new life is vigorous,
no longer desolate

by a forest path,
the wonder of color
on valley trees
like children we frolic
in leaves from a red maple

united, soulful—
delight in bright, sunny days
a cloudless blue sky
oh, wonder, this brave new world,
these hours, the last of autumn









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