Don Corleone (Tanka)

I ask a favor;
You’ll receive my gratitude.
On this paper sheet:
Your signature or your brains,
An offer you can’t refuse.

6/23/17

Inspired by a recent post by Kindra Austin.

The Faerie Queen (Tanka)

The fair fay kingdom
Otherside of the West Wind
Inside the mirror
Enchanted and eternal
Ageless monarch; Faerie Queen.

6/13/17

This tanka is my response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 38 – FAIRY & MAGIC. Note: I substituted “enchanted” for “magic” and used the Old French form “Faerie” for “fairy.”

Thermodynamics (a Tanka)

Entropy grows
Past the point of no return
Time’s arrow flies on
Toward the heat-death future
A fate sealed by mathematics.

5/24/17

This is my second response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 35 – PAST & FUTURE.

Very observant readers will note that this Tanka doesn’t hold strictly to the 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count. I opted for what I felt was best for the poem. There is actually some disagreement regarding syllable counting when writing Japanese forms(Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, et cetera) in English, since the Japanese “on” and the English “syllable” are not synonymous.

Everything You Need (a Tanka)

The allure is strong:
Power, wealth; reputation
Everything you need
For a life of suffering
Ruled by desire and fear.

5/16/17

My response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 34 – POWER & ALLURE 

Hunter and Prey (a Tanka)

Eyes glow in the dark
Dead twigs crack under footfall
The prey hears nothing
The circle of life must close
Sharp clean claws will finish it.

5/9/17

My response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 33 – CLEAN & SHARP

Out of the Darkness (a Tanka)

Weighed down in the mire
Wandering around in the dark
Waiting to be saved
And led out into the light,
But you’re your only savior.

5/2/17

This Tanka is in response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 32 – LEAD & SAVE

The Coming War (Tanka)

Armadas set sail
Missiles locked on target
Egos go to war
Everyone else pays the price
In blood and innocent lives

4/25/17

Poem #30 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo).

Tears (a Tanka)

A dull aching pain
A tear tears across your face
The tears tear a hole
Through the middle of your soul
All you wanted was some peace.

4/25/17

Poem #28 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

This Tanka is my first response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 31 – PEACE & TEAR 

You Don’t Know How It Feels (a Tanka)

You don’t understand
I can’t explain it to you
You’re not in my head
Don’t say you know how I feel
You’ve never walked in my shoes

4/24/17

Poem #27 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

Wishing (a Tanka)

Wish upon a star
Blow your birthday candles out
Nothing will happen.
Act on your dreams; make them real
Like magic, your life will change.

4/18/17

This tanka is my response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 30 – Wish & Magic (Hope you had a great birthday, Colleen!)

Poem #20 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #<a href=”http://www.napowrimo.net/”>NaPoWriMo</a&gt;)