each year, for you
a box of birthday chocolates . . .
what's yours is mine?
how neatly I slice in two
the pieces for you to share
—Modern English Tanka, Fall 2006; Fire Pearls, 2006
Unfortunately, this tradition may fall by the wayside. Can't find See's Assorted Dark Chocolates just anywhere.
P.S. Some of my early tanka were pretty long.