tanka

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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Migration

three nights
I dream of home
with locked doors—
a woman hands me a chart
marking the depths of the sea

my path
littered with the bones
of poems
I couldn’t write . . .
a blackbird whistling

a wren calling
in the piney wood
teacher teacher teacher. . .
I read aloud
from a scarlet leaf

my quarry—
a poem without words 
dancing 
through the green glade
barefoot as music

a wisp
of thistledown drifting 
before me 
I linger by the brook
to pan for fool’s gold

clear notes
rising from my flute—
the gift
of water flowing
in a life without rain

~Skylark 3:1, summer 2015


4 comments:

  1. An impressive, cohesive tanka series. I think my favorites are "my path" and "a wisp."

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  2. All of your tanka are so beautiful. This sequence is no exception. I especially liked "my path" and "a wren."

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