Friday, March 14, 2014

Brick by brick

brick by brick
they build a retaining wall
behind their house
     sturdy enough to hold
     a couple of lifetimes

Ribbons, Fall 2013


  1. If you're going to build it, may as well build it to last! Clever piece, Janet, as always!

  2. I love the ambiguity in this one, the subtle metaphor.

  3. This made me smile. I know of a fellow who actually DID just that. The retaining wall the man built would have held back anything nature could possibly contrive to throw at it - which of course it, thus far, never has. But he's ready for it. And your right: " sturdy enough to hold a couple of lifetimes" . . . at least.

  4. Thanks, Jennifer, Jenny, Wendy!
    The people with the retaining wall finally moved into their house just the other day!

    Well, at first this wouldn't post to my blog, for some reason. But, long story, I eventually managed to post it.

  5. P.S. Jenny, or anyone else who's been an email subscriber, are you now receiving my posts? As a test, I subscribed via another email account of mine, and all finally appears to be well. (I think. I hope.)

  6. Hi Janet,

    At last, we have our computer back and I can catch up on the blogs I follow. So wonderful to read all of yours; all the tanka are first rate.


  7. Thank you, Adelaide!!!

    Hard to be without a PC for very long!