Thursday, October 30, 2014

Still haunting me

still haunting me 
from time to time in dreams ...
your jet-black hair 
highlight-streaked to cover
the gray you now must have

Modern English Tanka 3, Spring 2007

H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Snapping ends

snapping ends
off fresh asparagus—
this brisk fall day
the satisfaction
that comes with clean breaks

Ribbons "Tanka Cafe" ("endings" theme), Winter 2014  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

At the ER

at the ER
a fleeting connection ...
the screams
of an unseen stranger
echoing mine

—Atlas Poetica, #18, Summer 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Drawn to sweetness

They live in our house,
fleck-sized species of their family.
Have marched miles, as if
from San Antonio to Houston,
in dampness and crushing heat.
Through minute cracks,
they welcome themselves inside,
scale guts of walls until,
for them, nirvana.

Their barracks behind kitchen tile
and bathroom mirror,
they lap up microspecks
of apple juice and minty mouthwash.

I am a poor host,
half-heartedly remorseful.
To think, all that distance—
and then when rations are found,
wiped clean away with a corner
of moistened paper towel.

I console myself with knowing
each troop will soon enough
be replaced by another.

Ash Canyon Review, Summer 2005, vol. 1, no. 1

Saturday, October 11, 2014

In noonday sun

in noonday sun
a buttermilk racer
hugging the house –
as I inch closer
my fear slinks away

A Hundred Gourds, 3:3, June 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Announcement: An Unknown Road

Thought I'd point you to an award-winning haiku collection that's available through Amazon Kindle: An Unknown Road by Adelaide B. Shaw, poet/writer and fellow blogger. Travel with Adelaide on a journey through the seasons—across farmland, along railroad tracks, by hills and streams, in the garden, and at the shore. Enjoy her truthful, down-to-earth style. Also see Potpourri, Volume 1, a short story collection.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Three Graces; reflections

The Three Graces
Beauty, Joy, and Charm
linked in dance ...
if I were the fourth
what would be said of me?

Skylark, 2:1, Summer 2014
The Three Graces: click link for photo/info

leap off the water ...
a statue
beside the Roman Pool
of Diana and the Stag

Atlas Poetica, #18, Summer 2014
both tanka: Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA