A Pile of Published Poems…

Here are some of my recent poems published in various journals.

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Tanka Society of America 2021 Anthology

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whipping egg whites
into the lightest foam . . .
I whisper my gratitude
to four brown eggs
still warm from their nest

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Modern Haiku  53:1. 2022  (one haiku)

 

waiting for a word
the day moon
dots the sky

 

 

Red Lights 2021

 A Tanka Sequence by Mary Kendall

(written about our changing world and climate change)

Changes 

 

faced with a world
in harm’s invisible way,
the wild branches
of corkscrew hazel
suddenly ready to sprout

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there was a time
when an oil slick rainbow
made us smile,
but now we see only
a spill of oil, too much oil

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out of the blue
an ivory-billed woodpecker
tapped out its story –
a vanishing act
for us to discover

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British Haiku Society 2021 Members’ Anthology

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deep in meditation
I am no bigger than
a single grain of sand
so easily forgotten,
so easily overlooked

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The Heron’s Nest (fall 2021)

(one haiku)

 

dust rag
our history
gone in a moment

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Brass Bell February 2022, Theme: One line haiku

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saving face a little black mask with or without pearls

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Brass Bell January 2022, Theme: Morning

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cars awash
with cherry blossoms . . .
first light

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Ribbons (Tanka Society of America)

(17.3) 2021

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the barred owls’
caterwauling
startles the night—
all I ever longed for
was a gentle word

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Moonbathing: A Journal of Women’s Tanka

Issue 25, Fall 2021

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tangled arches
of untended rose stalks . . .
the mismatched grace
of old & new and what
it’s like to be forgotten

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Blithe Spirit 31.4

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sitting on your old bed,
I shake out a teddy bear –
dust light scatters
the many memories
of who you once were

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Presence #71 Fall 2022 (two haiku)

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lone crow
never the right place
for outliers

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all winter long
what do they dream about . . .
burrowing frogs

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Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal, Issue  31

Fall 2021

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words float
just beyond hearing
in the dark
foggy woodland
an owl’s call

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Haiku Society of America 2021 Anthology

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that look . . .
a skim coat of ice
in the bird bath

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(This haiku was first published in Modern Haiku, Volume 49.3, Fall 2018

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Kokako, Issue #35  2021 

(three haiku)

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first light –
a faint poem
spun in silk

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summer solstice –
balancing daylight
and starlight

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the broad span
of the copper beech –
my hand in yours

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Haiku Society of America

Frogpond  44:3 Autumn 2021

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plum blossoms—
the orchestra
begins to tune up

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Presence, Issue 70, Summer 2021

(two haiku and one tanka)

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 a tom cat at rest –
its tail becomes
a metronome

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scattered thoughts –
a charm of goldfinches
ravishes the sunflowers

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loons submerge
and surface far away –
they say names
are the first words
that disappear

 

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 Moonbathing: A Journal of Women’s Tanka

Issue 24, Summer 2021

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some nights
I wake from a deep sleep
knowing answers
to questions
I never asked

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 Eucalypt, A Tanka Journal, Issue 30,  2021

 (two tanka)

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sooty spirals
of chimney swifts
chittering as they soar—
so much of our lives
spent following others

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the cold touch
of ebony
and obsidian –
I am no stranger
to your darkness

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Some Changes to My Blog

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This photo haiga was published in 2016 in Frameless Sky.

Changes

Recently I decided to make a few substantial changes to my poetry blog. The first is I have eliminated the space for responses to the poems. From this point on, you can read the poems but can no longer leave a comment. A few of you will be disappointed in this, but most readers will be fine with it. I’ve noticed other poets doing the same thing, so this shouldn’t be too big a surprise.

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The second change is that sometimes I will cluster poems in a single posting. Up until now, each poem or group of poems published together in a single journal pretty much had its own entry. As I age, I have found myself attending less to this blog. I don’t want to eliminate it, so I think this should be a reasonable compromise.

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The Covid-19 world pandemic has changed so many habits, practices and expectations. I love to read other poetry blogs and enjoy the great diversity of work out there in the world, but at times it’s hard to keep up with everything. It’s probably the same for all of us in different ways.

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Poetry should be read at leisure. Read one at a time. Read it out loud. I offer each poem to you as a reader of this blog as a gift from me.

Two of three . . . (tanka)

 

Here is the second of three tanka published in GUSTS, no. 34, Contemporary Tanka, Fall/Winter 2021.
The pandemic has made all of us look at life and death differently and perhaps more clearly.

 

 

one day when I am
long gone from the world,
     you’ll find me here
& there among scarlet leaves
or blue damselflies

 

 

One of three . . .(tanka)

 

 

In the latest issue, GUSTS no. 34, Contemporary Tanka, Fall/Winter 2021, I am lucky enough to have three tanka published. I’ve read through the whole journal twice so far to enjoy the excellent submissions from such a wide variety of poets. Paper journals are especially nice in that you have them at hand when you need something good to read. 

Here is one of the tanka I wrote:

 

 

growing old together
we make light of losing
thoughts or words –
even now I fall in love
with you again