Four Tanka by Four For You

Image courtesy Dimitar Tzankov via freeimages.com
Image courtesy Dimitar Tzankov via freeimages.com

Continuing with the tanka theme, a few of my poetry peeps and I have collaborated on this post to bring you a handful of micro-poems. As reflected in the variety below, the five-line form can carry a range of emotions, settings, and situations, from the “in the moment” to reflection and memorial.

 

With. Here. Now.
I see the pulse of attention
as your eyes
crinkle and blue lasers
divide my soul.

– Mary Mueller

***

I didn’t think you’d
go away so soon. I’d have
taken more pictures,
left the dishes in the sink
and watched the sunset with you.

– Becka Choat

***

daylight moon
and neighbor faces peer into
our microyard
the kids surprise themselves
with raised pulses — “A trampoline!”

– Bethany Rohde

***

Remembering
an ornery old cat:
she gave us
nothing
but laughter.

– Kelly Belmonte

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