kozue's favourite tanka from GUSTS

New tanka added: April 13, 2018

this vine-covered shed

totally unremarkable

until that one week

of long, warm days

when the wisteria blooms

Elinor Pihl Huggett  (USA) from GUSTS 27, 2018

a single cry

above the darkening


the bittern flies into

its loneliness

Robert Kusch  (USA) from GUSTS 27, 2018

agitated pea green sea


in a matcha bowl

the storm preceding


Tom Lyon Freeland  (Canada) from GUSTS 27, 2018

my mechanic’s

new apprentice

lights up

the entire garage

with her smile

           Maxianne Berger (Canada) from GUSTS 26, 2017

my old PC

won’t co-operate

with me any more

…just like a teen-ager

trying my patience

          Noriko Sato (Canada) from GUSTS 26, 2017

beyond the trees

the golden moon

              a coyote

              lopes through

              the silence

            elena johnson  (Canada) from GUSTS 26, 2017

for your eyes only,

she says with a shy nod—

I think about this

then raise a hand to caress

her remaining breast

            Michael Dylan Welch  (USA) from GUSTS 26, 2017

gulls shriek,

the ocean shrugs over

empty shells

this fine line between

being alone and lonely

         Carole MacRury (USA) from GUSTS 25, 2017

spring thaw

splintered ice patches

in pieces

numbly I listen 

to condolences

          Terra Martin (Canada) from GUSTS 25, 2017


at a fish market

a mother is explaining

to her three-year-old son

the benefits of Omega 3

         Yasuko Ito Watt (USA) from GUSTS 25, 2017



pulled to you. . .


dark moonrise

        elena de sousa (Canada) from GUSTS 25, 2017

once a week

a care worker visits my house

and carefully


both the rooms and my mind

           Fujiko Sato (Japan) from GUSTS 25, 2017


rainy days on the island

I soak myself

in the stormy ocean

of Dostoyevsky

        Natsuko Wilson (Canada) from GUSTS 24, 2016


of sun and sea

the deck chair

where he used 

to sit

        Huguette Ducharme (Canada) from GUSTS 24, 2016

this October wind

blows the leaves

up and back

maybe on a lonely day

you’ll think of me

       Stanford M. Forrester (USA) from GUSTS 24, 2016

whiskey voice

and a steel guitar


slides his music

along my spine

       Jeff Seffinga (Canada) from GUSTS 24, 2016


the cafe window

a woman

with green fingernails

taps the first day of spring

         Gerry Jacobson (Australia) from GUSTS 24, 2016


the glass—

a taste of lipstick

just before

the taste of wine

       Colin Bardell (Canada) from GUSTS 23, 2016

your footsteps

on the wooden stairs

as you leave

this old house echoes

with loneliness

        Anne Benjamin (Australia) from GUSTS 23, 2016

slipping back to sleep

the rumble

of the midnight train

on its routine run

a lullaby of steel and fire

         Richard St. Clair (USA) from GUSTS 23, 2016

coming directly

towards me across snow

a red fox

her cubs all gone now

her loneliness complete

       Susan Mary Wade (UK) from GUSTS 22, 2015

holding her

in her sadness

the world

not as we wish

yet perfect

         Christina Nguyen (USA) from GUSTS 22, 2015


of rejection

a panhandler

asks me

for the time

       Robert Piotrowski (Canada)  from GUSTS 22, 2015         

dark energy
pushing space itself
a ribbon of birds
wheels across the winter sky

        Jenny Ward Angyal (USA)  from GUSTS 21, 2015

cafe coffee
with friends not seen
for a while
listening to them chatter
wondering why I came

        Kirsty Karkow (USA)  from GUSTS 21, 2015

All men
become brothers… it says
I listen to Beethoven
in deep resignation

        Tony Boehle (Germany)  from GUSTS 21, 2015

my nieces
sort out their toys
for the needy...
tiptoe out at night
to rescue them back

        Dawn Bruce (Australia)  from GUSTS 21, 2015

every night
the far high room
calls to me
every night the snow
falls in my sleep

          Joy McCall (UK)  from GUSTS 20, 2014

just as you told me
now in the stream bed
the braille
of river-stones
under my feet

         Kath Abela Wilson  (USA)  from GUSTS 20, 2014


a pine-dark hill
in the distance--
my thoughts
return to you

         Marje A. Dyck (Canada)  from GUSTS 20, 2014

is it the river
they follow in the dark?
cranes crying
hundreds, thousands,
under a waning moon
         Ingrid Kunschke (Germany) from GUSTS 19, 2014

two foreign girls
on vacation
my cat
suddenly fluent
in their language
          Jeff Seffinga (Canada) from GUSTS 19, 2014

I watch him

glide the bow across 
a cello's strings
closing my eyes
I am cello in his hands
          Genie Nakano (USA) from GUSTS 19, 2014

cabin fever
the sound
of a snow plow
scrapping away
my loneliness

           Pamela A. Babusci (USA) from GUSTS 19, 2014

name tag. . .
as if you might know
who I am
hidden deep
in aubergine ink

         Carol Judkins (USA) from GUSTS 18, 2013

going into a cafe
to be alone, I choose the table
by the ebb and flow
of French conversation

        Makoto Nakanishi (Japan) from GUSTS 18, 2013

my wings
feel broken today
my corduroy coat
flung over a chair
in winter light

         Michael McClintock (USA) from GUSTS 18, 2013

coming into flower. . .
my mind drifts
to the oncology ward
your quiet acceptance

          Mary Franklin (Canada) from GUSTS 18, 2013

seventeen years
does not erase
the memory. . .
marigolds still bloom,
water runs in the creek
          Susan Constable (Canada) from GUSTS 18, 2013

if I leave
this colorful world
before you. . .
look for me in clear rain,
in the dew on a rose

        Carole MacRury (USA) from GUSTS 17, 2013

the things
I couldn't imagine
at twenty
I understand at sixty-nine
mom's love affair at seventy

        Jeanne Jorgensen (Canada)  from GUSTS 17, 2013

clouds clearing
silver streaks on the sea,
this long long beach. . .
is seventy-one too old
to be ambitious

         Amelia Fielden (Australia)  from GUSTS 17, 2013

the goodnight kiss
my daughter says . . .
what she missed
the most
when I left home

         Ken Slaughter (USA) from GUSTS 16, 2013

I miss

the slight sound of
walking on dry leaves
in our backyard
Naoko Kishigami Selland (Japan)  from GUSTS 16, 2013

written in pencil,
great-grandfather's letters
from Ceylon . . .
how far can one travel
resisting change?
          Maria Steyn (South Africa)  from GUSTS 16, 2013

damson stones
in the gravel
so many 
missed chances
         Robert Davey (UK)  from GUSTS 16, 2013

she holds

her newborn brother
close to her chest
he's breathing
in time with my heart
         Dawn Bruce (Australia) from GUSTS 15, 2012

one grey goose
floating amongst
the reeds
the shape of
my solitary childhood
         Marje A. Dyck (Canada)  from GUSTS 15, 2012

a thousand fireflies

out of dark woods--
light springs
from unexpected
         Luminita Suse (Canada)   from GUSTS 15, 2012

sunrise . . .
you hand me a cup
of coffee
darkened with what
you think of me
         robert d. wilson (Philippines)    from GUSTS 14, 2011

a land
and yet
the cherry blossoms 

        Pamela Cooper (Canada)    from GUSTS 14, 2011

just by chance
the trail of a falling star
all my life
this unpredictability
of grace

          Michele L. Harvey (USA)  from GUSTS 13, 2011

to tightly wrap
my anxiety
furoshiki should do
with its flying cranes

         Sanford Goldstein (Japan)  from GUSTS 13, 2011

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