Saturday, August 01, 2020

Tanka 2020: Poems from Today's World, Red Moon Press 2020

My thanks to editor-in-chief Alexia Rotella for choosing the following tanka:


taking a knee . . .
the black hollyhocks
in my garden
fall victim, one by one
to another killing frost


rain doves build
a nest on our balcony
we, too
are learning the art
of sheltering in place


this curse
should be named
corvid19
the way it pecks
holes in our lungs


empty cathedral . . .
he sings for everyone
and for no one
this moment of healing
in a quarantined world

(for Andrea Bocelli)

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