A gathering basket . . . (tanka)

 

 

 

a gathering basket
filled with rosehips & hazels –
why is it so hard
to put back all the bits
and pieces you left behind?

 

 

 

Published in GUSTS: Contemporary Tanka 33 (Tanka Canada)

 

 

Nature dawn rosehips by Kasie Schlagel

dream time . . . (haiku)

And yet another dream poem ~

 

 

Blithe Spirit, 30.4

 

 

dream time –
chasing blossom
after blossom  

 

 

Photo by laura adai on Unsplash

 

My thanks to Laura Adai for this beautiful photograph of drifting blossoms.

 

Chekov’s birch trees (haiku)

Presence,

Issue 68, November 2020

sleepless nights

     Chekhov’s birch trees

become our woods

Photo by Peng Chen on Unsplash

My thanks to Peng Chen for this beautiful photograph of white birch trees.

Prayer (a tanka)

So careful a gardener, he patiently weeds between the pebbles.

 

This tanka is dedicated to my dear husband, Ritchie Kendall.

 

each day you kneel
and work in the garden
I can think of nothing
more prayer-like
than this

 

 

Published in the Tanka Society of America Members’ 2020 Anthology.

 

 

Still the roses bloom…(a tanka)

 

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the chiming clock
begins to wind down . . .
five months of quarantine
yet still the roses bloom
and red birds sing

 

 

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This tanka was published in October, but obviously was written in early summer. We are now nine months into this pandemic. Writing is a wonderful relief as we isolate ourselves. Like so many poets, I find my writing has been changed by the pandemic.

cattails:
The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, October 2020 issue