A Tanka

Written for:  Carpe Diem Theme Week (6) Tanka Splendor- Jane Reichhold
Use Jane’s tanka for inspiration

desert leaving
one of my dream souls
in the lizard
patterns on his back
passport to change

last day of school
we carry our shoes home
in our lunchboxes
the next day crayon containers
now a granddaughter’s antique

how fortunate
are withered flowers
in old age
not to feel the pain
of a still-young heart

Here is my attempt:

plaintive cry of anguish
startled out of a deep sleep
howling coyotes
scavenging for food to feed
hungry young pups


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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