Two Tanka Sonnets

16 Feb

“Second Wind” and “When She Pours Tea” (tanka sonnets: haiku, tanka, haiku, haiku; 14 lines) were first published in the anthology, The Five-Hole Flute (Modern English Tanka Press, 2006). In “When She Pours Tea,” however, the tanka “the fault in the glaze” first appeared in a different form as “Tea Ceremony” in Templar Phoenix Literary Review, Fall & Winter 2001 and was reprinted in The Brink at Logan Pond. (Lulu Press, 2005).

Second Wind

rusty hinges
the faded kitchen door
screeches open

family album
its yellow pages brittle
in pallid sunlight
thin shadows of the dead oak
scratching at the whitewashed walls

windows thrown open
mown grass fragrant wind
stirs ancient dust

south facing room
her cradle will go here


When She Pours Tea

familiar scent
steam rising in a twist
like precious incense

the fault in the glaze,
the petrified drip on the
smooth rim of the cup,
reminds my lip that this is
no concept, this is a cup

she seems perfect
her clothes, her hair just right
the modest smile

not a single clue
no one else can see
what’s killing her

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