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      SOMETHING TO REALIZE
(a  haiku sequence)

by LARRY KIMMEL


I look up from her letter,
my worst fear realized,
just in time to see
a goldfinch leave
the thistle's purple bloom
 

it's something
to realize you're nothing
to somebody else -
     blue smoke rising
     from a farther hill . . .
 

a drizzly day,
with yellow leaves pasted
to wet black pavement -
returning the library books
she left behind . . .
 

bittersweet in such plenty,
an orange-and-yellow mist
that wants telling . . .
if she will not answer my letters,
        if she will not
 

to the east
the fiery windows of sunset,
in the slush at the curb
           a dead pigeon . . .
what's done is done
 

along the winter streets,
the lifeless streets
of yellow window lights
and leafless trees, I pass
       - a click of cleats

Credits:

 “I look up from her letter” - Tanka Splendor 1999
“it’s something” - Lynx XI; 3, 1996
“a drizzly day” - American Tanka, Issue 5; Fall 1998
“bittersweet in such plenty” - Lynx: XI; 3, 1996
“to the east” - Lynx: XI; 2, 1996
“along the winter streets” - Lynx: XI; 3, 1996

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