Starlight on winter branches

 

 

Two haiku and one tanka in Blithe Spirit 29.1, 2019

 

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ground fog
even birdsong
is invisible

 

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wood’s edge –
that inescapable pull
of darkness

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starlight on
winter branches—
those nagging thoughts
that seem to come
from nowhere

 

 

All poems by Mary Kendall

 

 

Faulty footing . . . (two tanka)

 

 Red Lights, Volume 15, No. 1, January 2019:

 

 

 

 

Both tanka by Mary Kendall

that look . . . (haiku/senryu)

 

 

Modern Haiku, Volume 50.1, Winter-Spring 2019

 

 

 

that look . . .   

a skim coat of ice

in the bird bath

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Birdbath with Frozen Ripples (c) Terry Gray

 

 

unearthing beauty (rengay)

 

 

My deepest thanks to Kate MacQueen for writing this rengay with me. It was a wonderful and illuminating experience to write with Kate. Kate’s verses are #2, 4, 6 (italicized) and mine are #1, 3, 5.

 

This rengay was published in Vines #3, part of the publication hedgerow edited by Caroline Skanne. 

 

Note: for readers not acquainted with rengay, here is a definition from “Graceguts” by Michael Dylan Welch:

“Garry Gay invented a renga alternative in the summer of 1992: the “rengay.”

“The rengay is a collaborative six-verse linked thematic poem written by two or three poets using alternating three-line and two-line haiku or haiku-like stanzas in a regular pattern. The pattern for two people is A-3, B-2, A-3, B-3, A-2, B-3, with the letters representing the poets, and the numbers indicating the number of lines in each given verse.” 

Ice ferns . . . (tanka)

 

       Presence Issue #62, 2018

 

 

scraping ice ferns

off the windows

of our old jalopy –

such fragile beauty     

soon pushed aside

 

 

Photo by eddy on ‘Unsplash’

 

 

The old dog . . . (tanka)

 

 

Tanka Society of America 2018 Members’ Anthology:
Of Love and War and the Life In Between

 

 

almost toothless

the old dog sleeps

by the fire . . .

the peace of knowing

you are there

 

 

 

This poem is dedicated to all beloved, faithful dogs for the  pure joy they bring.