Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tanka Prose


I must have learned to stand up for myself at an early age. As if it happened just yesterday, I see my mother marching back to the market to wave her purchase in front of the manager.

how things gel
into long-term memory—
the leggy insect
suspended inside
a jar of marmalade

Haibun Today, June 2014

Thursday, January 22, 2015


to use a walker
or cane
she leans on me
for the first time in her life

Happy to win second place for English-language tanka in the 2014 San Francisco International Competition, conducted by the Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC). Poet/editor Michael McClintock was the tanka judge this time.

Friday, January 16, 2015

A charm

a charm
of the planet earth
…...dangling there
on my new bracelet
without a sun or moon

GUSTS, #20, Fall/Winter 2014

It wasn't too very long before I went back to the store and added a sun, a moon, and two small stars. Ah, to feel complete….

Sunday, January 11, 2015

More bad news

more bad news
forces its way inside
our home ...
a thin rim of snow
around the welcome mat

tinywords, November 2014

"Bad news" of some sort is rarely very far from us. May we find our own peace and joy where we can along the way.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A widow; a small moth

a widow
traveling alone
her stories
intricate as the design
on her needlepoint purse

Moonbathing, Nov. 2014

a small moth
above our dashboard—
three of us together
miles away from home

Presence, #49, Feb. 2014

May your travels through 2015 be bright and fulfilling!

P.S. A friend and I were privileged to meet the "widow" at afternoon tea while on a cruise ship voyage.