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;)

 

Its Hard (a Tanka)

Harder and harder
To breath, climbing up the hill
Harder and harder
To not cry out in pain and
Pray to rest in the soft dirt.

4/11/17

Poem #12 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

This Tanka is my first response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 28 – HARD & SOFT. I am honored to say that Colleen named me this week’s “Poet of the Week,” based on my tanka The Mask, which was a response to last week’s challenge.

High, Just As High; Third (a Tanka)

odin_and_his_brothers_create_the_world

Odin, Vili; Ve
Wōðanaz, Wiljô, Wīhą
Slayed and flayed Ymir
Crafted Asgard and Midgard
Breathed life into Ash and Elm.

4/9/17

Poem #10 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

Pronunciation key:
Vili = Ve-Lee
Ve = Vey
Wōðanaz = Wo-than-az (th as in father)
Wiljô = Wil-yo
Wīhą = Why-ha
Ymir = Eye-meer

Image: 
Odin and his brothers create the world by Lorenz Frølich (1820–1908)

The Mask (a Tanka)

Laughing in public
Always a smile for the crowd
A mask perfected
Nobody will ever hear
The wailing in the deep night.

4/4/17

This tanka is my second response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 28 – LAUGH & CRY (I substituted “laughing” for “laugh” and “wailing” for “cry”)

Poem #6 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)