Friday, February 26, 2016

Waters may warm

waters may warm,
storms intensify,
sea levels rise 
…..yet still the voices
…..of children at play

A Hundred Gourds, 5:1, December 2015

Sunday, February 14, 2016

His first move

his first move
in forty-four years
furniture
bound like mummies
in swathes of plastic wrap

Eucalypt, 19 (fall 2015)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Collaborative tanka sequence: Ash and embers

Many thanks to the magnificent Susan Constable, poet and tanka editor for A Hundred Gourds, for working with me on this collaboration: 

Ash and embers

Janet Lynn Davis &

Susan Constable

grass clippings 
still heavy and slick 
from a downpour— 
the last bits of summer 
clinging to their source 

the biggest bloom 
in the dahlia garden 
fades and curls … 
a friend in palliative care 
turns away from us all 

pale gray walls 
becoming grayer ... 
at ninety         
my grandmother
says she wants to die  

I touch the stove 
warm from ash and embers            
this morning 
the first shoots of daffodils    
poke through melting snow   

Ribbons, spring/summer 2015  
Note: Susan's tanka are "the biggest bloom" and "I touch the stove."

Monday, February 1, 2016

Shafts of granite

shafts of granite
inserted in their eyes
so they’ll twinkle—
sunlight reflecting
off a mountain of stone

TV documentary, Mount Rushmore, S. Dakota, USA
—ATPO, 20, January 2015