Friday, June 26, 2015

Silence; by my knee

follows me around
at my heels
in midday sun
a field of white stars

Moonbathing, 12, June 2015

by my knee
a soft thud and rustle—
I pause
to take another look
at an ugly brown bug

Skylark, 3:1, Summer 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015


a garden statue ...
my slight pause
before I accept
the chip in her angel wing

Skylark, 3:1, Summer 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I once wanted

I once wanted
crystal and bone china …
now, a new broom
with long, stiff bristles
for whisking up debris

—A Hundred Gourds, 4:3, June 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

How I bristled

how I bristled
at ruffles, bows, and hats,
my baggy play dress
made of pillow ticking

Skylark, 3:1, Spring/Summer 2015

For years, my grandmother loved to see me in hats and bows—and hats with bows. That may have been okay for my dolls. But it wasn't for me, though in my humble opinion I did at least try to cooperate.

My play dress looked like an old-fashioned striped pillowcase. I still remember one of the teenage boys next door rolling down his bedroom window and teasing me about it (in a good-natured way).

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Clouds of smoke

clouds of smoke
from a too-hot skillet –
my thoughts 
swirl with the uncertainty
of what's to come

A Hundred Gourds, 4:3, June 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Announcement: 2015 TSA Members' Anthology

The Tanka Society of America (TSA) is pleased to announce the publication of a members’ anthology in the fall of 2015. This year’s anthology will be edited by Claire Everett, a widely known tanka poet and editor of Skylark Tanka Journal. David Rice, TSA’s Ribbons editor, will do the design and production. We’re very excited about this anthology, which will complete a year of events celebrating TSA’s fifteenth anniversary.

– Margaret Chula, TSA president and anthology liaison

See the TSA website for more information. 
If you’re not a current member, please join or renew soon so you'll be eligible to participate.