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The Rustle of Paper
Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka


(a tan renga sequence)

approaching storm PN

we begin ournesting

a mouse hole KLP
in the decoration box

gusting cold front PN
the weather map's


shining through the snowstorm KLP
Rudolph’s nose blinks on

Christmas card glitter? KLP

the yearly update
from a long ago friend

carolers two by two PN
holding each other for warmth

Christmas Eve KLP

fresh fallen snow
on the church steps

the youngest lost PN

in an avalancheof gifts

visiting relatives KLP

I add a bit more rum
to the Christmas punch

handed down through the yearsPN
the initialed flask

Christmas morning PN

first voice I hear
a child's

the rustle of paper KLP
from under the tree

This poem first appeared in Red Lights (June 2014) in a slightly different version.
Used here with the authors’ permission.

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Kathe L. Palka is a member of the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative and the Haiku Poets of the Garden State. She writes in the Japanese forms of haiku and tanka; her latest book isA Path of Desire, a collection created with Peter Newton in the collaborative form of tan renga. Kathe lives near Flemington, New Jersey, with her husband and their two sons. An avid gardener, she enjoys wandering the parklands of her native state whenever time permits. Learn more about her

PeterNewtonis a full-time stained glass artist and all-of-the-time poet who lives in the hill country of central Massachusetts. He is the author of two books,What We Find(imaginary press, 2011) andWelcome to the Joy Ride(imaginary press, 2013). Peter is most at home wandering the outer beaches of Cape Cod or riverwalking a branch of the East Middlebury River in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Learn more about him at

Together, Kathe and Peter edit the online micro poetry journal

Post New Comment:
I find I like this. I don't know why. I keep reading it. Every time I do read it it enters my head in a different way.
Posted 12/26/2015 01:35 AM
This sent warm chills all throughout my body... this is an awesome thing you two have created!!!
Posted 12/25/2015 09:20 AM
Lori Levy:
Like the feeling of warmth it creates.
Posted 12/23/2015 12:01 PM
Descriptive, with a touch of humor--I like it. Janice
Posted 12/23/2015 08:24 AM

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