B.r. Stateham Returns With a Treat in Tanka

Love and Revenge

Trees draped in fine gold
as a crisp wind speaks softly-
Cold is your heart.

A fine line separates us
that between love and revenge.

In Your Old Blue Eyes

In your old blue eyes
I am still the smiling boy
with mischief dimples–

We hold hands and watch years pass
and love mellows like fine wine.

Flowers Bloom

Flowers bloom in a
riot of outrageous colors-
hot the summer’s breeze.

Life moves with a measured pace
And we but invited guests.

Old Warrior

Helm dented, eyes dimmed
In armor old he stands firm.
Flags swirl, wind whispers

As women scream ‘Mercy, my lord!’
But in hand a blood soaked blade . . .

B.R. Stateham is sixty-four years old and still dreams . . . of dragons, of alien worlds; of dark nights haunting shadow filled alleys, of hard men with odd Codes of Honor. In other words the old man is a writer. Nothing more. Nothing less.


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published thirteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at www.hamptonroadswriters.org
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