Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cattails, September 2015

a red canoe
drifts between pines
his last portage


popping open
the sound of summer
caragana pods


crape myrtle
the skinned knees
of small boys


sudden sleet
an owl chick tapping
its egg tooth


lake-light
a line of mergansers
ripples the clouds


old headstones
with mossy shoulders
leaning against
one another's curves
we take comfort here


wishing seeds
cartwheel through warm air
how quiet
this fleeting moment
this belief in miracles

Second Honorable Mention
2015 Fleeting Words Tanka Contest


Comments from the Judge:

Second Honorable Mention goes to Debbie Strange from Canada for this fine tanka. Her choice of words "wishing seeds" and "cartwheel" allow readers wonderful visuals. Once again as in Anne's tanka, the poetic device of repeating a phrase firstly in nature and again in reference to human life, proves to be quite effective.

—Fleeting Words Contest Judge an'ya, USA







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