Thursday, February 12, 2015

How deftly; in love; 20-some years









how deftly
you maneuver the chopsticks—
with fork in hand
I study your routine
as if you were a gymnast

—I think this was published (2007?), but I can't figure out where

in love
over vegetable curry
I can’t stop staring. . .
this brown rice
isn’t one bit mushy

—Simply Haiku, Autumn 2006


20-some years
of knowing each other
we choose mild
for the heat level
of our chana masala

—Fire Pearls 2 (an anthology by Keibooks), 2013

7 comments:

  1. Food is a way to a man's heart and to writing tanka.

    Good ones, Janet.

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  2. What a delightful--and delicious--Valentine trio!

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  3. Twenty years--an admirable accomplishment! That second one especially made me grin...but that last one too is so good. You know how to put just the right nuance in your tanka.

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  4. These pieces work well together. I am attempting my first tanka - though, so far, it remains a work in progress. They can be, I am finding, deceptively "tricky".

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  5. Thanks, faithful readers Adelaide, Jenny, Jennifer, and Wendy. And happy Valentine's Day.

    Wendy - Glad you're trying your hand at tanka. They can indeed be tricky to write, sometimes a bit maddening, and definitely addictive. :-o A few pointers: don't try too hard, get your head out of the way, remember that less is often more, focus on just a tiny moment or two. My biggest obstacle early on was probably trying too hard. Now it might be on thinking too much and not focusing enough.

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