Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cattails, January 2015

spewing lava
a volcano erupts
between us

early frost
a gazing ball reflects
white roses

another egg
in the falcon's nest
rising moon

ribbons of aurora
u n f u r l i n g
we tie up the loose ends
of our divergent lives

the goodbye
i never said
at dawn
a bull elk bugles
on the hillside

your fingers
played a symphony
in my hair
when I was a cello
and you were the bow

Tanka Editor's Choice:

A wonderful "short song" (tanka) composed by Debbie Strange from Canada, in which we not only hear the symphony played by two lovers, but where the lyrics of this write present in a musical fashion. I cannot stress enough the importance of line 2, 4, and 5 being of nearly equal length to create a melody like this author has accomplished
—an'ya, cattails principal editor

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