Some Tanka…..


Just published at Createspace,

Cover for White Cranes of Heaven, 2011, Watercolor, janekohut-bartels

Cover for White Cranes of Heaven, 2011,
Watercolor, janekohut-bartels

So lonely am I

My soul like a floating weed

Severed at the roots

Drifting upon cold waters

No pillow for further dreams.

The truth of longing

Has nothing of nice logic.

A matter of hearts

So uneven, exciting!

But most painful, nonetheless.

The moon floats on wisps

Of clouds extending outward

Tendrils of white fire

Blanketing the universe

Gauzy ghosts of nothingness.

When nature is known

Reason for awe can be found

In familiar sights.

Intimacy at the core—

Astounding revelation!

Human frailties

wounds that bleed such heated blood

leave a dry vessel.

Without the moisture of love

the clay reverts to the ground.

The fire of life

Is love. No exact measure.

A whirling dervish

Hands in opposite display

Gathers in the miracle.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2012

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2 Responses to “Some Tanka…..”

  1. Grace Says:

    Stunning tanka set Jane ~ Congrats on the publication ~


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Grace! So good to reconnect with you!

    Thank you, Grace. The book (Song) has been in the works for a while…much of it written in 2012, but there were a lot of other considerations. We’ll see how it goes, but the cover is pretty! LOL!

    these tanka are a bit old, and I haven’t been writing tanka for a while…and I really miss them. However, I’m going back in September to a deeper study of tanka, linked verse, etc. I am thinking a sequel of “Song” with linked verse in there some way.

    Thank you for reading and your comment, Grace. Will be around more now that “Song” is published.



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