Wednesday, July 29, 2015

One sultry day

one sultry day
sinks into the next ...
a mud dauber
intent on mating
with its reflection

A Hundred Gourds, 3:4, September 2014

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Miles of rivers

miles of rivers
and mountains between us—
in no time
word of his cancer
spreads across the country

American Tanka, issue 25, June 2015

We've heard that it's returned.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The future

the future
soon becomes the past—
who knows
how many years
Big Brother's been watching

Ribbons, Tanka Café ("novels" theme), spring/summer 2015, vol. 11, no. 2

The novel I'm referencing is of course Orwell's 1984.

Monday, July 13, 2015


at the top of the stairs—
step by step
I teach myself
to shed this sadness

Ribbons, Tanka Café ("shadows" theme), winter 2015, vol. 11, no. 1

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Announcement: Special Event Tanka Prose Contest (October)

The Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce a tanka prose contest that will take place this fall. This fifteenth-anniversary special event is open to members and nonmembers alike. There is no entry fee, and the first-place winner will receive a 2016 TSA membership. Please see the submission guidelines at the TSA website for details. The guidelines also are included in the spring/summer issue of Ribbons, the TSA journal.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Gabcikovo lock

Gabcikovo lock
filling and emptying—
how many 
more feet must we fall
before the doors open?

Atlas Poetica, 20, January 2015

Nov. 2013, on Danube Canal
between Slovakia and Hungary

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sea legs

sea legs
on a land body—
the waves
rock-rocking me to sleep
in this vessel's womb

Eucalypt, 18, summer 2015

Leaving Boston, May 2014