Tuesday, November 1, 2016

These old dishes

these old dishes 
crazed with spidery veins— 
the "good china" 
saved for special occasions 
few and far between 

A Hundred Gourds, 5:2, March 2016


  1. can totally relate to this one, loved it.

    1. Many thanks, Peggy, for your comment.

      I think we should start using our good china now, before it's too late? Do you agree?! :-)

  2. ah, those old dishes with spidery veins - such a nuanced image that evokes a cascade of "stuff" ... those occasions when families come together - and the time in between. A lovely tanka, Janet.

  3. I second the other comments. For me, the quotation marks around 'good china' are key to the poem: what exactly do we mean by 'good'? Try substituting 'people' for 'dishes' in L 1 and you'll see what I mean . . .

  4. I don't know why we save our "good things" for special occasions. I do the same. Why can't we give ourselves permission to enjoy our "good things" whenever we feel we need some cheering up or just for no reason at all?


  5. thanks, wendy, jenny, adelaide. be sure to use your "good china" for thanksgiving. ;-)

    wendy and jenny, I was sure I replied earlier. guess I goofed something up!