Well, somehow I missed this, a tanka published in Eucalypt, one of the finest tanka journals out there. Eucalypt is published in Australia, the home of a great number of brilliant tanka poets. It’s always a great feeling having a poem published in this journal.
My thanks to Julie Thorndike, the editor.
Eucalypt, Spring issue 2018:
how it begins this love of beauty . . . a little girl touches each coloured heart on grandma’s quilt
My thanks to my friend, poet and editor, Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy for writing this tanka sequence, “Changing Notes,” with me. It was published in Kokako 29, a journal of the Poetry Society of New Zealand.
A Responsive Tanka Sequence
Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy (UK) and Mary Kendall (USA)
glass bangles tinkling with laughter rice grains strewn on the newlyweds seeding a new dream
such longing month after month turning to years suddenly the emptiness disappears
the curve of his hand cups the moon quickening the one butterfly aflutter in my belly
the fragile pulse of his fontanelle and those half smiles in his milky dreams
rocking horse hither and thither the long curls of sun-kissed memories braided into birdsong
one day his son will chatter in a different tongue raven locks eased into smoothness . . . a new chosen land