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Tanka Fest

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in the next canyon,
a spacious place for camping—
cottonwood circle
where tired wanderers bed down
covering themselves with stars
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
on the granite floor
rivers of fresh blood flowing
from the killing spree—
scene of hell and damnation
the keening of the bereaved
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
the caressing warmth
of a single tear flowing
down her furrowed cheek—
the fire of her memories
thawing the ice within her
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
marshmallow eaters
their kayak beached for the night
gathering driftwood
enough for an all-night fire
half for warmth and half for fun
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
black cat dips one paw
into circles of sunshine
on the kitchen floor
pretending that a mouse feast
is simmering in the warmth

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 209

Small Wonders

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~~ 1 ~~
 
blustery evening—
by faltering lantern light
no path for her feet
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
in her small kitchen
a sip or two of cocoa
from a broken cup
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
indulging herself
cocoa sprinkled with nutmeg
Sunday morning treat
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
the farm hands at dawn
hoping that some warmth will come
to the onion field
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
seeking a way out
the imprint of her longing
on wool, foam and stone
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
the grindstone
waiting for a knife
to sharpen
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
nacreous handle
of the old woman’s mirror
her consolation

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Monday Wordle #46