Monday, December 18, 2017

Roadside ditches

roadside ditches
brimming with dark water
after the rains 
even they can shimmer
with the right touch of sun

Pleased that the editors of the 2017 Tanka Society of America members' anthology, David Terelinck and Margaret Dornaus, were able to use wording from my tanka for the anthology title. I wrote "roadside ditches" during the wild rainy season of Spring 2016; my mother passed away at night as our region, in southeast Texas, experienced the first bout of torrential rain. Ironically, I submitted "roadside ditches" to the anthology editors 2–3 weeks before Hurricane Harvey struck in late August 2017. I'm a native Texan and have lived for the bulk of my life in Houston (or not too far away from Houston). I'm used to rain—and, conversely, also to drought—though not to such extreme amounts of it. 


  1. Congrats on having a line from your fine tanka become the anthology title!

  2. Congratulations, Janet! It's a fabulous title and fabulous line, that, to me, carries a lot of meaning. Merry Christmas, Janet!

  3. Thank you, Jenny and Jennifer! Merry Christmas to you, too!