tanka

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

[dark-red roses]



gathering
dark-red roses
I trim the thorns                         
cutting off regrets
before a petal falls


tinywords 13:1, April 10, 2013





Thursday, May 23, 2013

[poppies]


summer dusk
touching the poppies’
red silk throats . . .
what need have I
            of opium?

Notes from the Gean 14, Dec. 2012




Saturday, May 18, 2013

[a taste of otherness]

the flicker
of the black snake’s tongue
at the toe of my shoe
a taste of otherness
among the iris


Atlas Poetica 13, Fall 2012


Saturday, May 11, 2013

[the book of wildflowers. . . ]



the book
of wildflowers
my mother bound—
among the brittle leaves
these four-leaf clovers

 Gusts 17, spring/summer 2013





Thursday, May 9, 2013

[darning needles]



drifting
toward sleep on the bank 
of the pond . . .
can sky-blue darning needles
mend my raveled dreams


Atlas Poetica 12, summer 2012




Monday, May 6, 2013

[wood thrush]

following
the wood thrush north
two thousand miles . . .
in his ultra-light pack,
            an accordion


Atlas Poetica 13, Fall 2012