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Ann Christine Tabaka

TabakaAnn Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of 9 poetry books.  She has recently been published in several micro-fiction anthologies and short story publications.  Christine lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and three cats. Her most recent credits are: Burningword Literary Journal; Muddy River Poetry Review; The Write Connection; Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore. Website:

End of Summer Melancholy

Red impatiens, in hanging pot.
Wilting expectations of endless youth.
Fading hues.
Dying, a sunset past its time,
like the sparrow that flew into my window.
Summer runs away too fast.
Emotions sink, blue.
I remember planting, two breaths ago.
Filled with hope.
Buds swelling with anticipation,
beckoning butterflies, bees.
Bright winged joy.

Autumn invades,
rushing in with a crash.
Speeding locomotive derailed.
Leaves plummet,
emotions sink, blue.
Amber and rust carpeted world.
Decay blankets all.
Chill in my veins, warn of icy white ghosts.
Summer never existed.
I stand alone, watching thoughts age.
Impatiens now limp,
brown vestiges of death,
unburied and unmourned.
Emotions sink, blue.
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