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)

 

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 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)

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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

 

 

Published:

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

 

 

 

 

Morello Cherries

Artwork by Alexis Rotella (c) 2016

Artwork by Alexis Rotella (c) 2016

 

In the Tanka Café, RIBBONS: Journal of the American Tanka Society, Winter 2016: Volume 12, Number 1:

 

 

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Note: I would like to thank poet/artist Alexis Rotella for her beautiful rendition of these Morello cherries. I’m honored that she would create and share this lovely piece of art with me.