Thursday, March 31, 2016

Stitches out!

stitches out!
at this Thai café
my rice
arrives on the plate
in the shape of a heart


American Tanka, #26, Feb. 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

On bare ground; I consider

Here's a repeat, my second twigs&stones post. It almost feels like a "signature" poem for me:

on bare ground 
I sprinkle small seeds
with abandon
as if growing wildflowers
requires a lack of care

Notes from the Gean, June 2011; Take Five (vol. 4), 2012


And another repeat (though I decided to make a small edit here):

I consider
buying a lily
this week,
my deluded body
clinging to spring

Simply Haiku, Autumn 2006


To all who celebrate the holiday,  H A P P Y  E A S T E R ! And  P E A C E  to all.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A small boy; superimposed

a small boy
staring out at a world
he doesn't know—
snug in his flannel robe,
shrouded in illness

superimposed
on a snowy mountain,
my unclothed self …
no pockets to carry
the answers I want

—both of these from A Hundred Gourds, 5:2, March 2016

P.S. The little boy is a teenager now and doing very well indeed—thriving!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

An angel

an angel
sitting on a stump
of peeling pine ...
the rich-red heartwood
has turned to sawdust

red lights ("featured tanka" section), vol. 12, no. 1, January 2016



Friday, March 11, 2016

A stepping stone

a stepping stone
etched with a dragonfly
and welcome ...
…..the earth, the heavens,
……….me somewhere in between

Skylark, 3:2, Winter 2015

I believe I must have one foot firmly on the ground and the other somewhere in the clouds. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tanka Time 2016

Calling all tanka poets: Tanka Time, an annual challenge at Mandy's Pages, is currently taking place. The theme: rose. Entry fee: none.

Friday, March 4, 2016

An anthill

an anthill
covers a stepping stone—
I leave it,
as if all roadblocks
in time resolve themselves

A Hundred Gourds, 4:4, September 15, 2015

An impaired hill under the holly