Sunday, November 22, 2015

When you are gone

when you are gone
I eat on white melamine
same dishes
I’ve complained about before:
generic, expressionless

Simply Haiku, Autumn 2005, Vol 3, No. 3

My first tanka. I wrote it and several more over a couple of days and then somehow got all but one of them accepted for publication three days later. (I'd probably edit a few of them a little differently now, but…) After that, I was hooked! 


  1. Wow! That is quite a publication story. I am so envious ... having waited, many times, for months - to be rejected. Ha! You have a real gift for tanka, Janet - and clearly, it was-and-is quickly apparent to experts in the form.

    1. Your comment is too kind, Wendy. I've rec'd my share of rejections too. In this publication story, I mentioned to the editor that I was a brand-new writer of tanka, and I suspect he was a bit lenient on me. :)

    2. By the way, I'm pleased to see your tanka are getting published!

  2. Aww, so bland and lonely!

    Those publications are well-deserved recognition of your gift, I'd say!