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Volume VIII, Number 4: December, 2006.
Copyright © 2006. All rights reserved by the respective authors.

Editors’ Choices • Commentary • Index of Poets • 
Haiku Pages:  1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12,  13,  14,  15
Haiku for Francine - Pages:  1,  2,  3,  4 • 
Francine Porad - Index of Contributors


A Selection of Poems by Francine Porad


I raise my head
from his chest, heartbeats
to crickets



first yoga session:



husband spellbound —
        his wife’s version
        of their courtship



bird house empty of seed
even the jays
look for Bernard



hospital vigil
the imperceptible shift
of clouds



deserted beach
missing a child’s
hand to hold



open house
my children, their children . . .
joy is my middle name



a squirrel near the feeder
clutches its chest



Mother’s Day
gift-wrapped box of chocolates
one piece missing



steady rain . . .
I fall short of being the human
I wish to be



migrating birds
grains of sand tumble
from her notebook



twilight deepens —
      the wordless things
      I know



"I raise my head" (A Mural of Leaves, 1991)
"open house" (Joy Is My Middle Name, 1993)
"first yoga session:" (Free of Clouds, 1989)
"thunderclap!" (The Heron's Nest, Vol. III #2)
"Mother's Day" (Without Haste, 1990)
"bird house empty of seed" (The Heron's Nest, Vol.V #4)
"hospital vigil" (The Patchwork Quilt, 1994)
"migrating birds" (The Heron's Nest, Vol. I #1)
"deserted beach" (The Heron's Nest, Vol. II #12)
"twilight deepens" (Tidepool 6, 1989)


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