Paper and dolls…(tanka)


Two tanka of mine appeared in the last issue of Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America.


Ribbons, Fall 2017: Volume 13, Number 3


still collecting dolls
into her old age
a special name for each –
and one story
she refused to tell


Tanka Café, Fall 2017: theme was “paper”


a book propped
by the pillow on my knees,
page after page
I ease into someone
else’s life



On the day I die…(a tanka)


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This tanka was published in the Tanka Café in Ribbons Spring/Summer 2017: Volume 13, Number 2. The Tanka Café theme was nature.

A soft rain…(a tanka)


Ribbons Spring/Summer 2017: Volume 13, Number 2


a soft rain falls
as you work in the garden …
what I’d give to read
the chapters of your life
you never share



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Your glazing brush … (a tanka)


your glazing brush

 Japanese Tokukawa Period 18th Century 


Ribbons, Winter 2017: Volume 13, Number 1
Journal of the Tanka Society of America
Edited by David Rice


Into the Wind (a tanka sequence)


Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick, Cumbria, UK


This tanka sequence was recently published in Ribbons (Journal of the Tanka Society of America), Fall/Winter 2016, Volume 12, Number 3:



Into the Wind



the sparrow hawk
swoops down in silence …
shiver of surprise
seeing death come
so quickly



from a distance
the boulders look small
. . . there were times
when you seemed
almost harmless



mountain colors
shift as rapidly
as the wild weather
deep shadows
of unexpected fear



on a barren plain
the stones are silent
… why did I surrender
when faced
with rage?



a lone pillar
stands so tall
. . . facing into the wind
I finally learn
about resistance



out of nowhere
two young kestrels
soar above . . .
my voice
can now be heard



 Mary Kendall,  (c) 2016




Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick in Cumbria, UK

Arrowheads rise…

It is always an honor to have a tanka published in , the Journal of the Tanka Society of America. My thanks to editor David Rice for selecting this poem.


rise to the surface
in a newly plowed field …
old memories
can be unexpected, too




Ribbons (Journal of the Tanka Society of America), Spring/Summer 2016, Volume 12, Number 2 (page 37)



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I want to sing…


My thanks to Michael McClintock, editor of the Tanka Café in Ribbons, the Journal of the Tanka Society of America. The prompt was poems of spring and summer. Here is mine:


I want to sing