Three Tanka

by Virginie Colline

Two brown legs dangling
off el pontón de madera
time is fraying away
along with the rope soles
of the fisherman’s shoes

A sweet toothless smile
set in a millennial face
the Mexican woman
offers her chocolate skulls
to the children of Calle Aldama

Bought for a song:
Romancero Gitano in tatters,
a pretty petticoat
and a pair of ballet shoes
with no strings attached

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Virginie Colline lives and writes in Paris. Her poems have appeared in The Scrambler, Notes from the Gean, Prune Juice, Frostwriting, Prick of the Spindle, Mouse Tales Press, StepAway Magazine, BRICKrhetoric, Seltzer, The Orris, Overpass Books, Dagda Publishing, The Four Quarters Magazine and Yes, Poetry, among others.

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Artist: Jane Gilday

See Far Woman Dawn

Acrylic on panel


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