Sunday, May 31, 2015

Downy puffs

The first weekend in June, two years ago—My niece and her band of friends float from party to party. Once the ceremonies and celebrations are over, I discover in my Facebook news feed a picture that says it all: a long line of them captured in mid-leap, mortarboards flung into the stratosphere.

downy puffs
of cottonwood seed
in flight
a flock of new graduates
looking for somewhere to land

GUSTS, No. 21, Spring/Summer 2015

I'm glad I was able to fly to Illinois to attend the festivities. Everywhere I looked, it seemed, there were indeed fluffy cottonwood seeds.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I pop in

I pop in
at my school reunion
the familiar face
of the mean girl

Atlas Poetica, 20, January 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015


in succulent leaves, 
a sign: 
Don’t water the plant 
It needs a dry spell 

office building, Magnolia, Texas, USA
Atlas Poetica, 20, January 2015

No dry spells here. It seems the rains just don't want to cease; we're way above average monthly rainfall totals. Our wet-weather creek at the back has probably run over. And to think that for two or three years earlier in this decade we were in "exceptional drought" mode!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Announcement: June tanka contests

Poets, submit your fine English-language tanka to these two annual contests. The deadlines for each are June 30. Refer to the websites for submission details as well as contest results from previous years.

Friday, May 15, 2015

A trail of dots

a trail of dots
around each ankle
and wrist—
how easily bites
can turn into scars

Mariposa, 32, Spring/Summer 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

The slow reentry

Our cruise vacation in May 2014 from Boston to Quebec City (or rather, the return home from our vacation) spawned this tanka:

the slow reentry
after a week's vacation
travel clothes
still neatly folded
inside our suitcases 

tinywords, March 25, 2015

At Bar Harbor, Maine

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Curls of bark

curls of bark,
a crepe myrtle 
before spring …
the core of my being
smooth, unblemished

GUSTS, No. 21, Spring/Summer 2015