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In equal balance justly weighed

Slouching toward Democracy

Where have all the wise men gone?

By Populist Demand

When urban and rural voters went separate ways

Three Breakfast Tanka


grey day

on the west coast


the eggs are sunny side up and

first forsythia brightens the table


last night’s tiff

is forgotten as freshly made


perfumes the table and honesty

glistens in a pewter vase



in pottery bowls and

a jar of maple syrup

as we watch the first hummingbird

sample its sugar water


Naomi Beth Wakan is the inaugural poet laureate of Nanaimo (2013). She has published more than 50 books. Her books of poetry include Sex after 70 and Other Poems (Bevalia, 2010) and And After 80… (Bevalia, 2013). She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada and Tanka Canada. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, with her husband, sculptor Elias Wakan. More information is available at <>.