Three Winter Poems

Three winter poems

Three Winter Poems

Sometimes I see it
Hanging soft in the cold air
Sometimes I feel it
Warm on my neck when you sleep
Anxious at each tiny pause

White smoke slowly drifts
Through a net of bare branches
Fades into the cold
Blue morning sky—suddenly
Thoughts of you—the way you left

The lilacs sleeping
Cannot know they will return
And that you will not
They fragrant—perennial
And you?—soon you’ll be their food

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Depth Charge: Written over two days and, initially, independently, these three tanka somehow belong together. They are presented from newest to oldest. The first one finds its spark in a lover’s bed, the second comes from  memories of a long dead friend that suddenly surfaced while walking to work, and the final one initially came to me while reading Japanese Death Poems and the ‘you’ in it  could be any of us.

To read Songs about Sex, Death & Cicadas by Andrew Grimes Griffin, just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”

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