Sunday, October 6, 2013

Robert Demaree- senryu/tanka sequence

Senryu & Tanka Diary,
August 2013

Downtown, downeast Maine:
Tidal river at low tide:
Mud, sea gulls, old tires.

Brown-sea flower pots,
Gabled houses, pink lupins:
New Brunswick August.

Four-course lobster meal,
Sunset over Stanley Bridge,
Red and white lighthouse.
Did not attend a ceilidh.
Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Anne of Green Gables,
Cliffs, sand the color of rust:
Prince Edward Island.
A destination wedding,
Japanese girls on buses.

Can you fall in love
With the island but not Anne?
The answer is yes.
A writer put it this way:
“Wooden houses; blue, blue days.”

We did not get to Scotland.
Cape Breton Island.

Boreal forests,
Blue seascape in the distance
On the Cabot Trail.

North of the causeway:
Highland Scots took it for home,
Road signs in Gaelic.

Bills, coins left over:
Canadian currency,
For use next summer.

Robert Demaree is the author of four collections of poems, including Fathers and Teachers, April 2007, and  Mileposts, October 2009, both published by Beech River Books, and Things He Thought He Already Knew, published online in 2007 by Slow Trains. The winner of the 2013 Burlington Writers Club Poetry Award, he is a retired school administrator with ties to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, where he lives four months of the year. He has had over 650 poems published or accepted by 150 periodicals. For further information see 

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