Posts Tagged ‘tanka’

requiem

April 11, 2011


a cardinal sings ~
earth is born on winter’s grave ~
cheerful requiem ~
broken limb, gnarly tombstone ~
birth dances on death’s ashes

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mirror

October 18, 2010

tangled knot of day ~
dissolves in twilight sky mirror ~
silver blue heart ~
awakened reflection ~
wish fulfilling jewel shines

earth turns

May 7, 2010

dried thyme and dust ~
my shovel turns winter’s dirt ~
breath of earth at dusk ~
the sun falls behind the trees ~
morning dove and cardinal sing

yellow

April 24, 2010


a breath of sunshine ~
convergence with heaven ~
spoken in yellow ~
verdant earth speaks with the sky ~
radiant dandelion

transcendent

April 3, 2010

sweet river of spring~
diamond lake sky shimmers~
singing birds sparkle~
gentle spring wind whispers ~
wealth transcendent of any thought

light

February 6, 2010

burning candle flame ~
fountain of light from within ~
radiance of night ~
all becomes blinding sunlight ~
luminescent universe

frozen seed

February 6, 2010


a frozen seed sleeps ~
imprints of ancient desert ~
desiccated grass ~
thirst for primeval water ~
my parched fingertips sting

amber

January 21, 2010

sitting in amber ~
silken skin upon steel spine ~
statue of stillness ~
eyes of water opening ~
liquid gaze awakening

sentient earth

December 27, 2009

earth’s generosity ~
expressed in every atom ~
every being ~
flows through my sentient fingers ~
manifesting on paper

black water

December 1, 2009

night envelops day ~
heavy eyes become dreamless sleep ~
bottomless river ~
far away a dog barks ~
fading in deep black water