Saturday, April 26, 2014

Why this urge

why this urge
to reinvent myself?
with a shovel
I flip over the mulch
until it looks new

A Hundred Gourds,  2:4, September  2013

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tanka Prose

Fine roots

"No more hurting people
Peace" *

with pebbles
I prop them back up—
my lavender
barely past seedling stage
uprooted by wind

April 15, 2013, mid-afternoon. Staring out the window, I notice that some of them are bowing heavily, a few others passed out. Just a couple of days ago, I had planted them carefully in a neat row down the center of the bed. Now, I must painstakingly tuck them back in.

After I return inside, I learn that a horrific attack has occurred at the Boston Marathon. Much more news would follow: so many serious injuries, a child among the dead. What do parents say to their children, even those not immediately affected? 


Words on a sign made by Martin Richard, eight years old, one of the three people killed.

LYNX, February 2014   
"with pebbles" first published at Haiku News, August 2013. 

Wishing you peace.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Announcement: Tanka Society of America spring events and deadlines

A few reminders:

TSA Members' Anthology — April 30 (deadline)
If you haven't already done so, submit 5-10 unpublished tanka for this exciting project open to all 2014 members. Make sure your membership is up-to-date.

Ribbons/Tanka Café — April 30 (deadline)
Submit to the spring/summer issue.

Celebration of Tanka on Facebook — now through end of April
Post to weekly themes during this National Poetry Month.

15th TSA International Contest — May 1 through June 30 (deadline)
Gather up your entries for this prestigious contest.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Building a fence

building a fence
out here in the country
still this need
to neatly section off
the empty spaces

kernels, July 2013

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A thimble; from my mother

a thimble,
my Monopoly piece ...
and for years
the only metal thing
I wore on this finger

cattails, premiere issue, January 2014

from my mother
the wisdom in saving
scraps of cloth ...
the patching to be done

red lights, Vol. 10, No. 1, January 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Announcement: Spring Tanka on Facebook

Please join us on the Tanka Society of America (TSA) Facebook page for a "Spring Tanka" event in recognition of National Poetry Month and the TSA's anniversary. Read all the poems posted there to this week's theme of "spring flowers." Post your own tanka too. There will be three additional themes during the month of April. Celebrate, enjoy!

almost painful
the sweet girlhood fragrance
of apple blossoms
I close my eyes
and sniff again

Photo: SPRING TANKA  April is National Poetry Month and also the anniversary month of the Tanka Society of America, which was formed in April 2000 by Michael Dylan Welch. To celebrate poetry and spring, I'd like to invite you to post tanka on this site.   Each week we'll have a theme. For April 6-13, it's

—Above tanka and photo by Margaret Chula, TSA President

Friday, April 4, 2014

The porch bench

the porch bench
dusted with pale yellow
this spring
our closeness breaks down
into a fine powder

Fire Pearls 2 (anthology), 2013