Magazine | January 25, 2016, Issue

Poetry

LEAVES: THREE TANKAS

Fall comes. He watches

Their dying flames fill the eaves

And ground their splotches

In slow-browning, flattened sheaves:

Loss over which no one grieves.

*

Their coming down makes

The ground a cereal bowl

Of brown. Then light snow’ll

Dust the leaves. Next day, he rakes

Piles of Sugar Frosted Flakes.

*

Their dank piles lie deep,

For brewing a potpourri.

Dropped from every tree,

Tannic leaves are left to steep

Till the rain turns them to tea.

Len Krisak is an American poet. He has taught at Brandeis, Northeastern University, and Stonehill College.

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