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

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.

 

 

Black feathers . . . (two tanka)

 

 

 

Skylark, Tanka Journal 12,
Winter 2018 (6:2)

 

 

 

black feathers

scattered

under a bush—

the unspoken truth

gone forever

 

 ~

 

 

in an old book

a letter, ‘address unknown’

a million miles away

a new star is born,

another dies

 

 

Indigo ink . . . (tanka)

 

 

Moonbathing, A Journal of Women’s Tanka,
Issue 19, Fall/Winter 2018

 

 

 

indigo ink

on vellum paper—

all those dreams

of making a different life

for myself

 

 

 

 

Loneliness . . . (three tanka)

Blithe Spirit, Journal of the British Haiku Society,
Volume 28 Number 4, November 2018

 

Three tanka were published in Blithe Spirit this past November:

 

 

 Snow Landscape by Hans Braxmeier

 

 

winter woodland

bereft of birdsong 

           with your passing 

even clear days

are shadowed

 

 

Photo by Frantisek Krejci

 

 

together so long

we seem to finish

one another’s  sentences,

fluent in the pauses

of each other’s mind

 

 

 

Universe by Gerd Altmann

 

loneliness

comes and goes,

dancing around

my mind

with two left feet