“Random Tanka”

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1.

 

The fire of life

Is love. No exact measure

A whirling dervish

Hands in opposite display

Gathers in the miracle

 

2.

Sound of frog-cries heard
A pale moon floats above pond
Fresh life is stirring
An early owl goes hunting
Wise mice scatter for cover

 

3.

 

Cranes wheeled in the sky

Their chiding cries fell to hard earth

Warm mid winter day

A pale half moon calls the birds

To stroke her face with soft wings

 

4.

 

Human frailties

wounds that bleed such heated blood

leave a dry vessel

Without the moisture of love

the clay reverts to the ground

 

5.

 

Glimpse of a white wrist

Feel the pulse of blood beneath-

This is seduction!

But catch a wry, cunning smile

One learns all is artifice.

 

6.

 

Overhead! Look! cranes,

Sandhills– swirl in broad circles.

Broken GPS?

No matter, their cries fall like

Celestial chiding rain.

 

7.

 

The futility

Of love should queer the seeking-

But it never does.

Hopeful, yearning, we are fools

Ignoring our history.

 

8.

 

Presence of Autumn

Burst of color radiates

From Earth-bound anchors

Sun grabs prismatic beauty

And tosses the spectrum wide!

 

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2008-2017

 

Sesshu painting

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2 Responses to ““Random Tanka””

  1. Frank J. Tassone Says:

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: Jane Kohut-Bartels‘s random #tanka!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Frank!

    Like

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