Category Archives: Tanka

The Get-together

THE GET-TOGETHER

Meet your family.
Here is your brother Andyet;
Your sister Maybe.
Your cousin Alltheanswers’s
Not here yet. Her plane’s delayed.

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Friendship Dissected

FRIENDSHIP DISSECTED

Intimate strangers
Waving at one another
Coming and going
Exchanging a word or two
Avoiding disagreement

Runes

RUNES

This wintry scenescape
Darkness and lightness abound
As for tommorow
Spring, summer, autumn for sure
As for their contents who knows?

Offworlders Appalled

OFFWORLDERS APPALLED

They called it Terra
We found out when we arrived
These “human” beings

Mute we watched them create it
Though they mangled the spelling

Born Forty-eight

BORN FORTY-EIGHT

As empire expired
A National Health Service
Now on its last legs

God bless the 1960s
And that I have no children

Unforgotten

UNFORGOTTEN

I live in terror
Waiting for our next mistake
You are my mother
But then I am your father
Long dead they live on in us

Wavingnweaving

WAVINGNWEAVING

Waving to weavers
While weaving while wondering
Why weave and why why
While weaving while wandering
Wondering, weaving, waving

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This is dedicated to all readers who are also writers, and especially those who may be called – by themselves or by others – poets.

The Wound We Wind

THE WOUND WE WIND

Round and round we wind
The wound we wound around us
Tight in our own grasp
History is history
The present we give ourselves

Observations

OBSERVATIONS

No me to be right
Likewise no me to be wrong
What we encounter
Is what we see it to be
The observer no less so

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“The world is an illusion; it has no real existence. And this is what is meant by ‘imagination’ (khayāl). For you just imagine that it (i.e. the world) is an autonomous reality quite different from and independent of the Absolute Reality, while in truth it is nothing of the sort. Know that you yourself are an imagination. And everything that you perceive and say to yourself, ‘this is not me’ is also an imagination. So that the whole world of existence is imagination within imagination.”

– Ibn Arabi.

Kali Yuga Time, Folks

KALI YUGA TIME, FOLKS

They soiled their linen
Over several lifetimes
Again and again
Then woke up, soaked, washed and rinsed
Now here comes the spin cycle

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