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Short sharp sorrow

Trying to get the sadness out. A haiku, a short poem, and a tanka.

Grief pangs twist the heart
Wring tears from vague sentiment
A sea to drown in. 70 more words


~ Reality~ (Tanka)

~ Reality~ (Tanka)

Walking in the mist
Morning evolves in hind sight
Footsteps dissolving
Frothy foam rushing inward
Waves of Introspection crash.


Creative Writing

Unemployed Day Twenty Four, Tanka Fourteen

Dusk sun shines kindly

The washing machine broken

But no need for clothes

Yes, I will close the blinds now

OK, thank you officer


new moon rising . . .

A special thank you to Jenny Ward Angyal and Mary Frederick Ahearn for their lovely moon tanka (below) in celebration of my recent birthday.

the self… 232 more words



have you ever felt
greeted by an animal?
— if goodness is as
basic as that — how explain
what we did to Africa?

(I’m reading… 9 more words


Poem Alert - the Tanka Experiment

Tanka is a form of unrhymed Japanese poetry, with five sections structured in a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern of syllable similar to the haiku. What follows is a brief interaction between lovers in five stanzas each in the Tanka form. 120 more words


Verso 119

this is not the place
for me, not with all of these
young pretty people;
they all appear to be kind,
and I struggle to keep up.