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Victor Gendrano, US
 

 

 

 

Tanka

 

summer heat
his sweat slides
between her breasts
languorous lull
in their embrace

 

 

I sense the silent
waft of fragrance
from the incense
calming my heart
in her absence

 

 

he gazes
at the streaking
shooting star
her lasting legacy
of love and warmth

 

 

the regal tree
bends with the wind
bowed but not broken
he celebrates
his 80th birthday

 

 

winter night
I welcome the warmth
of the coffee mug
coursing my hand
like her touch

 

 

I left four pennies
on the gambler's gravestone
remembering how
my friend's luck
ran out so soon

 

 

often
I feel alone
amidst a crowd
still hard to fill the void
you left behind

 

 

I dread
the dark demons
that chase my dream
your touch is so real
am I in love again

 

 

Senryu

 

power outage
the newly-wed plays early
their marital game

 

 

she sneezes once
twice then three times
girl with the nose ring

 

 

children’s soccer
their parents fight in the stands
the game goes on

 

 

senior power
a cup of coffee
for fifty-nine cents

 

 

teacher’s pet
she tutors her student
the art of love

 

 

sex harassment
in workplace or elsewhere
no laughing matter

 

 

after this holiday
I’ll never join again
women shopping

 

 

rare corpse flower
some are dying to pay
to smell its stink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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