Stanley Pelter


a selection of tanka from haibun collections 1-7

from past imperfect

  her medusa fuzz
  a shock of tight curls
  with her
  he breaks
  many rules

in our other life
 dreams solidify
 in this U and i
 are masked animals
 all glitter and dust

from & Y not?

delusions either side
 of one god or many
 are similar colours
 tired and quiet i look up
 to again see a green sky

 as he dozes
 pianos in the air
 tip sideways
 played by black gloved hands
  & a white gull

from insideoutside

  in a less clean bed
  and from a different start
  they move closer
  older blue eyes calibrate
  the inside search

differently placed
 in a clean bed
 sounds of them move
 as if a cave in motion
 begins to sparkle

  star loaded night
  follows a clean day
  yellow with gorse
  cloudless skies
  fill an open space

from slightly scented short lived words and roses

from Vermeer and a stony beach

  lips close
  into thin lines
  a hard swallow
 at an outburst
 of pleasure

  this is the day
  to wear black
  shop window atoms
  freeze into an ultra fast
  rydberg molecule

from an abundance of gifts

from about time

canvas is slashed
into an open wound
she prepares to stitch it
with viscous paint
thinned into a blood glaze

  eyes open
as wide as wide can be
hung out to dry
an innocent smile
loses merit

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