Archive for the ‘Tanka’ Category

Procrastination Poetry, or ‘To Do’ Tanka

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Many tasks to do

Too much for one day, really

Yet I’m here again,

Checking my mail and Facebook.

‘It’s lunch time!’ is my excuse.


I need to pay bills

Should go shopping at Costco

Maybe do banking.

There’s baking I want to do

And, oh, yeah, cook some dinner.


I’ll get back to work.

Outside is drizzle and cold.

Inside it’s cozy

But I’ll go run those errands.

Hey, a little chill won’t hurt.


Wordful Wednesday – Oh, the Rain!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Wordful Wednesday is hosted by Angie of SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

Moisture-laden clouds

Grey and misty overhead

The rain streaks windows.

Sky streams soak the sponge-like land.

The river has topped its banks.

The rain falls, snow melts.

Where slush reigned, puddles abound,

Water-soaked terrain.

Instead of white snow blanket,

Winter rains return.

Exciting weather

First, unusually cold

Beautiful, bright snow.

Bad for drivers, good for sleds.

Now, too much rain and flooding.


This is our neighbor’s house at the corner of Alm Road and Gillies Road.


At the bottom of our road, looking south.


Gillies road looking south.


Gillies Road, looking north.


This shot is of the Sumas River (near Alm and Gillies Roads) which is really nothing more than a creek most of the time.


Guess who got stuck while taking these photos? My husband, the intrepid adventurer, and his noble sidekick with a camera, our daughter Laura!


Never fear! Our kind neighbor took a break from bailing out his flooding basement to rescue Rick and Laura from the muck.


Flooded Riverside Park near the Nooksack River.


Here is Rick by the flooded Nooksack River, pointing out to Laura that the water is still rising. These photos were taken at about 3:30pm today.

Snowday Spent at Home

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Thanks to Geraldine of My Poetic Path for this week’s prompt, a winter’s day.

Quiet days at home;
Snow has fallen, temps still low,
Sharp northeast wind blows.
We keep the wood stove going
As we converse, eat and play.

As snow is blowing
I’m bustling ’round the kitchen
Making fruit dumplings:
My way to make things cozy,
Time for coffee and dessert!

One Single Impression is a community of poets writing and sharing haiku and other poetic forms. Each week they offer up a new prompt that they hope will inspire your writing.

How to Participate in One Single Impression

* Post your poetry on your blog. This does not need to be today. You can post any time during the week.
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* Enjoy the beautiful poems of the other bloggers.
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Thankful Thursday – Timely Fruit

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Hosted by Iris of Grace Alone

This picture, taken a couple of weeks ago by my daughter Laura while we were walking on our road, got me thinking. Look at all those good apples, just gone to waste under a neighbor’s tree.

Here is a series of four tanka poems that came to mind as I thought about that fallen fruit:

Sweet fruit on the ground.

Time of harvest neglected.

Autumn’s bounty lost.

The tree was planted; fruit grew,

Yet no one ate of it: Why?


Were they too busy

To notice present blessings?

Were they too lazy

To harvest this sweet bounty?

This gift was given, not received.


Each day is a gift.

I will live it, treasure it.

Each moment matters.

Whatever the challenges,

I will thank God, and live it.


Life has its seasons:

Spring, summer, autumn, winter.

Each with its own work.

If I live each day wisely,

Good fruit will come, be enjoyed.


This reminds me also of an old nursery rhyme about using time wisely that some of our children learned when they were little:

Sixty seconds in a minute:

How much good can I do in it?

Sixty minutes in an hour:

All the good that’s in my pow’r.

Twenty-four hours in a day:

Time to work and sleep and play.

Ode to a Cook Book

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

My daughter Laura took some photos of our Thanksgiving preparations, including this of one of my old cook books, an insert included many years ago in our local newspaper. The recipe I was turned to, for Broccoli Salad, is one I know by heart, but I just enjoy getting out the old cook book. Laura remarked on how browned with age the pages are, so I got to thinking about why I love the old book, and wrote a Tanka about it:

Worn and discolored

Pages of this old cook book

Remind me of meals

Prepared with love, served with joy.

Precious mem’ries tucked within.

Excuses, excuses

Friday, November 14th, 2008

OK. I have some questions. I TRIED to get the clip art to be part of the text box upon which I typed the poem. When I then tried to publish from Word, the clip art would pop off. I selected ‘in line with text’ to try to keep it in place, but to no avail.

If you know what I should do, please tell me. Thanks.

One Single Impression – Golden

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Thanks to Gemma Wiseman of Gemma’s Greyscale Territory – Poetic Songlines for the One Single Impression prompt of GOLD.

Love your enemies;

Show kindness where none’s been done.

“Do unto others

As you’d have it done to you.”

The Golden Rule’s not easy.


Love your family,

Laying aside selfishness.

Do what’s truly good

To those you hold near and dear.

Golden Rule: yes. Easy: no.




Fleeting – One Single Impression

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

(This photo is of my mother-in-law holding her dear little great-granddaughter. I think the following tanka goes along with the photo nicely.)

True satisfaction

The fruit of a life well-lived,

Problems faced bravely

During life’s fleeting seasons

Yield this abiding, sweet fruit.

These three tankas are a response to the prompt “Fleeting” given at One Single Impression. Please visit the site to learn more about participating, and to read more poetry!

Oh! I’m also participating in something new to me called Photostory Friday.Perhaps you would like to participate, too?

3 Word Wednesday Excuse

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Writing prompt given

Last week at Three Word Wednesday

Not taken, plans awry;

Blame the duties of real life

For this writing hiatus.


This silly Tanka utilizes the prompt given this week at Three Word Wednesday:

  • Awry
  • Blame
  • Hiatus

Please play along. You may write whatever strikes your fancy, poem or prose, something very short or longer.

Who’s Bored?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

It is not living,

This habit of being bored,

This jaded ennui.

Laziness, ingratitude

Have settled deep in that heart.


I truly hate the complaint, “I’m bored!” There is so much to learn about this wide world in which we live; there are so many books to read; so many skills to gain; so many places to go; so many people to meet. That’s what I have to say about that: Banish such a stupid thought!


This tanka is a response to the prompts given today at Three Word Wednesday:

  • Bored
  • Habit
  • Settle

Please play along, if you’re so inclined. Feel free to simply use these three words in a blog post, a short story, or a poem.