A tiny fawn, dead… (Ukraine tanka)

Published in Kokaku, Summer/Fall 2022

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a tiny fawn dead
by the side of the road –
I close my eyes & imagine
all those children lost
in Ukraine strikes

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Image by meineresterampe from Pixabay

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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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