Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tanka Sequence

Homegrown 

for Sandy 


for years 
she couldn't venture 
into the garden— 
there, on the paving stones, 
is where she found him 

resurrecting 
the raised tomato bed 
plant by plant, 
she sinks her fists deep 
into dark compost 

Lily, 
her gardening dog, 
at her side ... 
a bounty of earthworms 

and a small patch of peace  

—Skylark, 3:2, Winter 2015

4 comments:

  1. What a wonderful sequence of loss and healing. Beautiful metaphorical word choices: resurrecting, dark compost, bounty of earthworms, small patch of peace.

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  2. Oh, wow. This is so affecting. I love the movement in this from loss to healing.

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  3. This is a beautiful sequence - each tanka is exquisite on its own and yet connects wonderfully with the other pieces to create a lovely - truly impactful- synergy.

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  4. Thank you, Jenny, Jennifer, and Wendy. Glad this is working for you, though unfortunately the story is a true one.

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