tanka

tanka--
small songs I sing
to join
my voice to other voices
hidden in the grass

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

a sow's ear

softly singing
I arrange my spices
A to Z
the idea of order
on a kitchen shelf

coyotes
outside my dark window
the desire
to join them
running on all fours

sun and wind
enter my slow bones
replacing
the marrow of loneliness
with emerald moss

a girl-child
waits in the woods
within me
for jack-in-the-pulpit
to speak his first word

the story
of my life as a changeling—
this poem
a silk purse stitched
from a sow’s left ear

kernels  1:1, April 2013

1 comment:

  1. This sequence is wonderful, each individual tanka stellar and telling its own separate story yet working so well together. I like how you start off with "the idea of order."

    P.S. Hard to pick, but I believe my v. favorite tanka here are "sun and wind" and "the story."

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