Harvest Moon Triptych

harvest moon —
menopause hot flashes:
my wife moons me!

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harvest moon —
no steelies, no tombollies,
no bull fudging!

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harvest moon —
God’s best tombolly
left in the circle

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(All free and clear.)

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~ Richard Stevenson

Poet’s note: The second two are variants on the kids’ marble game theme — something I’ve always associated with the fall. A tombolly is an oversized marble (usually a cats eye marble), a steely is a ball bearing — both heavier than a conventional marble, and thus easier to knock other marbles out of the circle with, and bull fudging is cheating by allowing the hand to cross the line of the circle before the player releases his marble. When I was a kid, we’d always utter this phrase or the variant, “… and no totem poles,” which meant no drawing a line up to the marble you wanted to knock out of the circle, crossing the line in a T, then uttering “totem poles” and shooting from a more proximate position.

Richard Stevenson teaches at Lethbridge College in southern Alberta. His most recent collection, his first collection of tanka and kyoka, Windfall Apples, has just been published by Athabasca University Press. Other recent collections include Wiser Pills (Frontenac House), Tidings of Magpies (Spotted Cow Press), and The Emerald Hour (Ekstasis Editions), all published in 2008.

One Response to “Harvest Moon Triptych”

  1. The tradition of haiku / senryu involves thought, lyric, satire. Richard’s work brings them deliciously together.

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