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Eye of the Iris

A tanka

Louisiana Purple Iris. Photo by author, taken with iPhone 12 Pro

Eye of the iris
shines among the amethyst
painted golden ray
lights the violet valley
a royal towering queen

This tanka was inspired by the striking purple and yellow contrast of these beautiful Irises.

Thank you to the editors of Illumination for hosting this poem.

Mia Verita, 2021



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Mia Verita

Mia Verita


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