Words of the Week – Haikus and Tankas

Haiku Sequence by Lynn Trowbridge.

Girl on a swing

She sits on a swing                       No use to advise 
Idly swaying to and fro             they already know it all
from adult to child.                    they are born experts.

He gave low whistle,                   Life is a flow of
she affected not to hear,          memories flooding a sea
strode on, slyly pleased.          of forgetfulness.

Tanka Sequence
                       by Emma van Woerkom.

Winter –
Within the pine wood
You followed the needle path
And never looked up.
Even Winter’s hungry moon
Refuses such bitter hearts.

Spring –
Thrushes sing their songs
Pitch perfect in the Spring air
But the chill of frost
Still lingers in the morning
Still lingers in our voices.

Summer –
The old wall crumbles
And soon there’ll be nothing left.
Later we’ll lament
Scattered sheep upon the hill
Strewn pebbles bruising our steps.

Autumn –
How the low moon crawls,
Yet the year blossomed in parts.
Memories soften –
Snow falls from the backs of geese
And nostalgia warms us.

Spring at Brechfa.


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