Tag Archives: tanka

3 forms on luck

that copper taste in a disappointed mouth (a shadorma)  the stench of burnt birthday candle and lost wish,burned-out star that crashes before it’s caught. fireflies dead in jars.   falling stars (a triolet)  do they count themselves lucky, tooas they fall like fire from the sky? with their … Continue reading

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morning night light

(an aubade tanka) .. one last stolen kiss. watch that fading sky; oh, see? silver filament looped to invisible strings, moon rewires herself to sea.   .. prompted by poetic asides. 

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Made of Stars and Paper Skin

Japanese print maker, Kaoro Kawano (1916 – 1965).   She’s tressed in umber and the scattered spill of sky. She holds the earth still; turns her face into the sun, as woodpeckers braid her hair.   .. an ekphrastic tanka, for Toads.  … Continue reading

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helium

(a double tanka of) helium .. her mama gave her a balloon with Mickey ears. no hesitation, (fly!) she let go of the string and giggled it to the clouds. forty years later, with a full inflated heart, tired empty … Continue reading

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Inky Girl

(wearing a tank-a top)   . Give her ev’ry chance to etch her words in sand, stone her demons with phrase; raise her to the sky and spill her loose. She’ll find her own way.   . a tanka, prompted … Continue reading

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fingerprint whispers on a vast dark clef

(a tanka inspired by Debussy’s Clair de Lune) . oh, piano man, if it tickles your fancy, play us something full – as ebony as the sky, and ivory as the moon.   . written for mindlovemiserysmenagerie.

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