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GIVE AND TAKE – tanka sequence

15 Mar


GIVE AND TAKE

outside the cellar
a furious tornado shrieks
the air goes thin
we give thanks for safe cover
and a full head count

topiary art
by power company crews
an ancient elm
rises around electric lines
its center never was

I am speechless . . .
the dread beauty of the day . . .
my little sister
who never breathed
would have known what to say

black-green tatters
of the blasted trumpet vine
draping the lightning rod
all their tiny bodies,
these silent hummingbirds

so tired
my arms tremble
a cool breeze
blows my pain away
sunlight fills my veins

under an old board
in my vacant garden plot
the sowbugs thrive—
religion and politics
mean less than humidity

fractured sidewalk
full of deep green moss
and bulging roots
those with eyes can see
the garden of eden

a fresh wind
picks up debris in play
such clanks and flappings
our new desert sounds like
the circus leaving town at night

__________________________

Published in The Dreaming Room: Modern English Tanka in Collage and Montage Sets (Modern English Tanka Press, Baltimore, 2007).

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Posted by on March 15, 2016 in Tanka

 

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2 responses to “GIVE AND TAKE – tanka sequence

  1. madhuri

    March 16, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Lovely!

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