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As the Years Pass
Kathe L. Palka


as the years pass
the more I find myself
content to enjoy
the pleasure of my own
flawed company


This poem first appeared in Ribbons (Winter 2010).
Used here with the author's permission.

Kathe L. Palka is the author of two chapbooks of free verse and is an active member of the U.S.1 Poets' Cooperative. Kathe also writes in the Japanese forms of haiku and tanka. Her poems have appeared in many online and print publications. She lives near Flemington, New Jersey, with her husband, their two sons, and her beloved German Shepherd, Jetta. An avid gardener, she enjoys wandering the parklands of her native state whenever time permits. Learn more about her at or at her Haiku Foundation webpage.


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Joan L. Cannon:
Words of wisdom. I prefer tanka for its flexibility in acceptable subject matter. The condensation of emotion or humor or revelation is the delightful challenge of these brief forms.
Posted 02/23/2011 01:20 PM
I like this - the form and the content. I'm reading "What Remains" by Margaret Chula who writes in these forms.
Posted 02/23/2011 08:18 AM
Carol Hauer:
I love this. It takes us a while, sometimes, to see, accept, and love our own selves.
Posted 02/23/2011 07:51 AM
Gary Busha:
Yes! Haiku and tanka are wonderful but don't be fooled by brevity and what seems simplicity. It takes skill to write and gives pleasure to read these forms.
Posted 02/23/2011 05:56 AM

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