Category Archives: Tanka

Lost At Sea

LOST AT SEA

Awaken from sleep
Remembering another world
Which one is the dream?

Each breath a butterfly’s wing
Lacy … bearing me aloft

Overreaching Oneself

OVERREACHING ONESELF

“I” think “I” know, yet
It’s mostly conjecture and
Imagination
So I tried out “We” then “You”
But then “I” says much the same

Fly Fishing

FLY FISHING

Hooked into a thought
One thing leads to another
Wake up, remember
Wriggle free and with a “Splash!”
Drop into the stream again

Cowardice

COWARDICE

When fear fouls the air
Truth pleads absence without leave
Ingenuity
One’s sole remaining refuge
Survival of the fittest

Birdwatcher Watched

BIRDWATCHER WATCHED

Perched balanced and poised
A feathered jewel
Your wordless statement
As you look me in the eye
Leaves me nowhere left to hide

City City City City City

CITY CITY CITY CITY CITY

Here in this city
In this mockery of life
Life eluded me
It eluded everyone
While few noticed its absence

Terminal

TERMINAL

The conductor cries out
“End of the line! All change!”
Passengers wake up
Look round for their possessions
But no pockets in a shroud

Or Or

OR OR

Relations are fraught
Far too wrapped up in ego
Celibacy rules
Or so monks and nuns tell us
Or maybe they’re just cowards

Google Google Glug Glug Glug

GOOGLE GOOGLE GLUG GLUG GLUG

Don’t look a gift horse
In the mouth the saying goes
That’s where the fangs are
But they never tell you that
Or the reason why they don’t

Belt And Braces

BELT AND BRACES

Even when drifting
In a cloud of unknowing
It’s a good idea
To keep your wits about you
After all you never know