you must leave . . .
and every week
I am with you
at takeoff and landing
—Ribbons (Tanka Cafe, "The Abstract"), Spring 2006
This one flowed out of me (or into me?) pretty much intact. It's unusual for a tanka, I know, but I was pleased (and surprised) to see the nice little write-up it received in the Ribbons Tanka Cafe several years ago.