Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Breathless; a cottontail

breathless,
will I ever slow down
my racing thoughts?
a roadrunner pauses
on the sunlit grass

a cottontail
camping out in a bed
of garlic ...
why am I drawn to things
that ought to repel me?

—both tanka in Atlas Poetica, #18, Summer 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Summer gone

summer gone
a crowd of Susans
against the fence ...
dark eyes still smiling
in their come-hither way

The Bamboo Hut, vol 1, no. 2, January 2014


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bowing branches

bowing branches
where wildlife feasted—
shameful of me
to long for the berries
that briefly adorned them 

—A Hundred Gourds, 3:2, March 2014


Pictured above: American beautyberry, a native plant that grows like weeds all over our property. This year, the iridescent berries, which I always eagerly anticipate, are still quite thick. However, last year, when the above tanka was written, they didn't last long. Also refer to a former post.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A fleeting feeling

a fleeting feeling
of permanence—
my feet set
on this parking lot
of steaming concrete

Streetlights, Poetry of Urban Life in Modern English Tanka, 2009

A cool front recently stormed through, meaning that the highs were "only" in the upper 80s. But I suspect we'll have quite a few more days of steaming concrete before autumn truly sets in. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The first voice

the first voice 
I hear this morning ... 
a cardinal 
calling, calling, as if life 
depended on it

cattails, May 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Announcement: All Things Tanka, etc.

Tanka Poets:
Please be sure to stop by Ken Slaughter's blog, All Things Tanka, where everything he talks about is…tanka. You'll find news and submission deadlines for journals and contests—all in one place.


Also, congratulations to poet/editor Beverley George of Pearl Beach, Australia, who won the Tanka Society of America's recent giveaway. Her prize, a 2015 TSA membership (which includes a subscription to Ribbons, the TSA journal)!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A house spider

a house spider
jaunts across the tile—
the crannies
yet to be explored
within these walls

A Hundred Gourds, 2:4, September 2013