by Marilyn Humbert

the rumble of her feline song
slips between my thumbs
this love like the wind
catches me unaware
like moonbeams 
on midnight’s lake
as moth wings 
about the lantern’s bright beam 
and I’m lifted 
where the flight of wild ducks
sweep clouds from autumn’s sky 

in a moment her tail flicks 
and I’m dismissed
this love
the many colours 
of a setting sun

Marilyn Humbert lives in the Northern suburbs of Sydney NSW Australia. Her tanka and haiku appear in international and Australian journals, anthologies and online. Her free-verse poems have been awarded prizes in competitions, published online and in anthologies, most recently The Blue Nib and FemAsia Magazine.