Tanka by Gerald England




after thirty years
we still argue which turn
to take
but we always end up
somewhere or other


a man's boot
on top of the bus shelter
is footloose on their way
out of Manchester


we don't pass the sign
Methodist coffee morning
a welcome break
before leaving on our way
they pray for our safety


(i.m. Geoff Tomlinson)

at your funeral
we sit all quiet in pews
waiting to begin
then suddenly - the brass band
blast out - "Hail Smiling Morn"

Poetry by Gerald England

This webpage originally appeared at the Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society website.
Web page recoded by Gerald England
This page last updated: 20th September 2008.