Which way? (tanka)

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having made it
halfway across, halfway back
I stop and pause
wondering which way
I really want to go

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Published in Eucalypt 32 Tanka,  May 2022 Issue

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Tight-Rope Walker by Jean Louis Forain, c. 1885, Art Institute of Chicago

This tanka was inspired by a painting of a tightrope walker:
Tight Rope Walker by Jean Louis Forain, The Art Institute of Chicago

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Brass Bell Contributions

Here are several of my contributions in Brass Bell:

Brass Bell October 2022 / Theme: kitchen haiku

teatime
just water and leaves
you and me 

Brass Bell September 2022 / Theme: homeplace

buffalo, new york
we all laugh & tumble off
the long toboggan again

 

Brass Bell August 2022 / Theme: water

icy rain—
somehow this ache
just won’t leave

washed up
without a song
moon shell

 

Brass Bell July 2022 / Theme: sound

lyrics long forgotten
the melody always
in my mind

 

Brass Bell is published on the first day of every month. This delightful haiku journal is beautifully curated by editor/writer, Zee Zehava and can be found here: http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com. Writers are from around the world and some of the finest haiku/senryu writers appear on these pages.

 

 

Winter birds

 

Presence #72, Spring 2022

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winter birds crack seeds
& feast on blocks of suet –
my long morning is spent
polishing old pieces
of silver we rarely use

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Photo by Stauffers of Kissel Hill

Some Poems for Ukraine

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 Two tanka recently published in Red Lights,
Volume 18, no. 2, June 2022

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with ruins, rubble
and death on the news,
we learn their names—
Mariupol & Lviv,
Bucha and Donbas

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image after image of
bombed out buildings and corpses –
far away in my corner, prayers
& more prayers that you will
always rise from the ashes

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Image by bookdragon from Pixabay

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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