Date-Stamp by Julie Thorndyke

DATE-STAMP

September gone
and another birthday
I pause
before turning the fourth
corner of the year

these book-lined walls
all thought, every emotion
contained
on my calendar I schedule
a day to run free

last day of term
locking the library door
on silence
I check myself out

for a long, long loan

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a TANKA SPLENDOR 2006 winner, published on

http://www.ahapoetry.com/ts2006.htm

Julie Thorndyke lives, works and writes in Sydney, Australia. Two collections of her tanka poetry, rick rack and Carving Granite, are available from Ginninderra Press. http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/ 

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