Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tanka sequence

165 feet down 

drilling down 
to the other side 
of the world 
or to an aquifer, 
whichever comes first 

of groundwater teeming
below our feet— 
the drought years we've had 
living on the surface 

well water 
speaks its own language 
as it streams 
into this bucket
… the rush of first words 

red lights, January 2015

With this, I think I may take a break for a few weeks—many things I should do, and I also think I need to rest my eyes—though I may still post an announcement or two. I'm not sure who all my readers are, but thank you and please don't wander off too far. To the other side of the world and back, though, is okay.


  1. Oh how we need water and words. Very nice sequence. You know I am an avid reader of yours so I won't be wandering too far, smiles. I'll look forward to reading what you post when you return. Enjoy your break, Janet!

  2. I love this sequence. If I wander to the other side of the world, I will carry with me well water speaking its own language.

    I understand the need for a break. One must refill the well.

  3. Thanks, Jennifer and Jenny. :) I spend too much time online and must cut back for a while in an attempt to make myself do some other things I need to do. But, yes, I must "refill the well" poetically too.

  4. Lovely tanka - a cascade of words and water - insightful and nuanced.

    I so understand your need for a break. These days, I seem to be flying by the seat of my pants regarding my blogging. Life happens - and when it does, one needs to relax, take deep breaths and rearrange things a bit. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you, Wendy.
      I haven't managed to wean myself off from the PC yet. ;)

  5. Oh, I understand about wells, the creative well and also the actual well on our property. We may need to get it dug deeper. I often feel that way about my writing,

    Enjoy your rest. We all need one at one time or another.


    1. I'm not sure I'm getting much rest, lol (dealing with other things). But time for a small poetry break.