cattails
September 2016
Tanka
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UHTS collected works

our favorite table
memory sits in her seat
chatting . . .
I hear the word hospice
and cover my ears

Elizabeth Howard
USA

ocean waves
more powerful with each crash
onto shore
one by one steps in the sand
head for a rising red sun

Jesus Chameleon
USA


leafless tree
I long to hug you
all night
for just like me
you bear no fruit

Celestine Nudanu
Ghana

...instead
I paddle in the sea
this Sunday
wavelets ebb with church bells
into depths beyond my ken

Jan Dobb
Australia


I came close
to throwing it out—
this plastic brush,
a fine silver mesh
formed from her last strands

Janet Lynn Davis
USA


certain nights
on the run as well
I'm relieved
that there is no place
for me to arrive

Eva Limbach
Germany

even now
you are so beautiful
in memory
my regrets of letters left
in a trunk in the north end

Thomas Martin
USA

fireworks booming–
somewhere there's a celebration
this spring night
with the full moon and the stars
there needs no other reason

Adelaide B. Shaw
USA


shrunken creek
spilling into dusk
ironweed
draws the last butterflies...
who too will soon be gone

Anna Cates
USA


the songs
my father sang to me
in a tongue
I could not understand
still, they carry me home

Debbie Strange
Canada


sky and water
merging with the cry
of an osprey
and if not from here…
where will my joy come

Susan Colpitts
Canada