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mura hachibu              

Death or dishonour. An easy choice away from the deck’s disorder or glass-smooth water. The lifeboat had spaces left, no-one stopped me. On moonless nights, I still hear their screams from the star-scattered ocean, feel your judgement in dawn shadows.     


second class

third class                                                                                                


Rocket Launch


By Jupiter’s rings, I watch you drift away into the darkness of death, gradually becoming smaller in the capsule window in your orange space suit. Who knows where you’ll be in a thousand years?  




is for the living

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Dr. Tim Gardiner is an ecologist, editor, essayist, poet, and children’s author from Manningtree in Essex, UK. He has been widely published in poetry journals and anthologies. He is a former co-editor of the tanka prose section of Haibun Today and now edits a poetry column for the punk fanzine Suspect Device.

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