Thursday, February 26, 2015

rappelling tanka

were you dazzled
by the same constellation?*
down a pit cave 
there's a blast of adrenaline


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NO al I V A

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Monday, February 23, 2015

the bedroom tanka

the bedroom
a mirror of yourself
ginkgo leaves
plastered on your walls
confirm that nature has wit

Sunday, February 22, 2015

she waits for a mistake tanka

she waits 
for a mistake in language
to claim plagiarism--
an over used image or phrase
a mistake in the knitting

she's gone tanka

she's gone,
swallowed by air--
the house sealed 
yet held together 
by the dead

Friday, February 20, 2015

he came around tanka

he came around
as if nothing had happened
giving it all away--
had he known about defeat
would he be standing at my door?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

the wind tanka

the wind... 
carvings in ash 
we lug 
our kimonos over the slopes 
of this arid Eden

Monday, February 16, 2015

gossip tanka

truth is seldom the point 
when it comes 
to plucking feathers 
on a windy day

Saturday, February 14, 2015

behind the scenes tanka

the scenes they whisper,
21 grams of love
are missing

Friday, February 13, 2015

this crazy traffic in my life

this crazy traffic 
in my life
the pain I'm driving through
I'm down, 
down, down

last wind in my sails tanka

out at sea
last wind in my sails...
the hardest 
place to live 
is by your side

Thursday, February 12, 2015

bitter bullies tanka

bitter bullies
whose intimidation
is as swift
as a goose step
in a fascist funeral

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2.Telling others not to be friends with someone
3.Spreading rumors about someone
4.Embarrassing someone in public

untamed winds tanka

untamed winds
remorseful waters
outlawed spirits...
racial divide

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I fall tanka

I fall 
into deep thought
in a restaurant 
without customers...
a war of nerves

my racing heart tanka

my heart
a flickering neon light
about to break…
the fear
of a spiraling mind

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


your hands on my hips summer heartbeat

settling wings tanka

settling wings
you're my favorite kind 
of grey...
I was fractured
beyond my imagination

Saturday, February 07, 2015

I live without tears tanka

I live without tears 
have no path out of hell 
exist in pain... 
when everything turns black 
I follow like a tracker

Friday, February 06, 2015

there are men tanka

there are men
in this world who
bid you to come
you tell them: Show Me
they say: Take My Hand

Thursday, February 05, 2015


once he slapped me,
that was my past--
now fire
is my future…
nights disappear like blemishes 


I bit him
with the scent of juniper
on my lips
he bit me back but never
claimed me as his own


the murmur and sigh
of a tree…
when I was little
was I a ghost?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Creation Somonka


I met you
by the river among
the dead--
let me call you lover,
listen to the sea behind me

call me brother
regard the tides that expose
me nightly--
disguise my shadow from
sandpipers that eat dead fish

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

I have a longing tanka

I have a longing
for darkness and aimlessly
moving scenes...
misplaced memories flood
these long winter nights

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