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Tanka Sequence

Remembering the Alamo

“You may go to hell,
and I will go to Texas.”

Davy Crockett

 

thirty-five years
since the dust of Texas
stained my boots,
I wonder if I can
find the family graves


Ash Moon: Tanka on Aging. Baltimore, MD: Modern English Tanka Press, 2008.




what lesson
was I supposed to learn?
staring at white heroes
surrounded by the walls
of the Alamo


Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry, 5:3. Autumn, 2007.




This is the room
where Davy Crockett died.
later,
my mother
eating jalapeños




feeling hungover
after only one drink,
the bitter taste
of a party where
I am a stranger


Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry, 5:3. Autumn, 2007.




saltwater
drying on my back,
sun slipping
into the shadowed place
you will not follow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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