Wild Strawberries (a responsive tanka sequence)

wild strawberries

 

Wild Strawberries

A Responsive tanka sequence

Mary Kendall (USA) & Hazel Hall (Australia)

 

around the turn
we come across a patch
of wild strawberries
. . . a sudden longing
for something left behind                                                       ​​MK

 

dividing
our harvest carefully   
the taste
of over-ripened fruit
lingers in the mouth                                                                     HH

 

searching everywhere
for that old blue sweater
one dropped stitch
and a secret hidden
in worn woolen strands​​​​​                                                            MK

 

unraveling
our future fears
. . . two sparrows
perched on the scarecrow
pull father’s scarf apart ​​​​​                                                          HH

 

somewhere in silence
lies an answer . . .
each spring the task
of double digging soil
before planting   ​​​​​​​                                                                     MK

 

wheel turning
I throw a new pot . . .
moulding hope
for the future,
a fragile process​​​​​​​                                                                      HH

 

 

Published in Ribbons, Winter 2018: Volume 14, Number 1

 

 

A tiny soul . . . (tanka)

Ribbons, Winter 2018: Volume 14, Number 1

Tanka Café Winter 2018 ~ weather prompt

 

I was born

in a winter storm,

a tiny soul

almost lost

in a sea of white

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All I have left

The April 2018 issue of cattails: the Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society is out. Here is the link to the issue:

http://www.cattailsjournal.com/issues/cattailsApril2018.pdf

I have three poems included–a haiku, a senryu and a tanka.

 

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My thanks to the editors for selecting these poems to be published.