The Cleave Poetry Webzine [ISSN: 1758-9223]

Mt. Rainier by Dennis Kelly

In submission on March 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Mt. Rainier

“when I compose poetry

I compose only for myself”

—Nakamura Kasatao


I’m obscure—insignificant

my cleaves—immature

my expression—inadequate

the falling rain—how far

away—Rainier is receding


(Tanka-cleave, first published at tanka-cleaving).

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  1. I found Last Harvest on Denise Low’s website – it “spoke to me” Thanks (a fellow Kansan & Coffeyville school teacher ’74-’85)

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