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tanka 7

chain and 4-wheel drive

exhume a stump from its rest

musk of the long dead

rises from the cedar’s tomb

as a spirit rushes past


© Kenny Ray Bryant – 2014


Evergreens humble

Evergreens humble

Before the emerging seed

Witness to rebrith

Beneath the branches sighing

We taste this winter’s retreat


tankas 1 – 6 with backstory


alone with my thoughts

in a most dangerous place

at once old and young

I feel the deep hurt she caused

pain that will never relent… 538 more words


Tanka #25

Transient glory,
this Camellia moment:
better here than not.
Remember that day she wore
her red-flowered poplin dress.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with this poetic form, you might like to read my earlier post at… 34 more words


three (un)related verses

bright night
diffusion of moonlight
no one sleeps


by the side of the road
learn to walk again


miracles happen
in this consummate life… 35 more words


SLOW MANTIS - Haiga, Tanka

Tanka by Denis M. Garrison.



MARYLAND - Tanka from Landfall Anthology (2007)




August noon

our barn is blinding red

in from the county road

floats a summer scent

hot tar and mown lilies


cooling off

in the mulberries’ shade… 141 more words