kozue's favourite tanka from GUSTS

 

New tanka added: October 21, 2017


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


passionately

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


resisting

yet

pulled to you. . .

tonight’s

dark moonrise

      elena de sousa (Canada) from GUSTS 25, 2017


once a week

a care worker visits my house

and carefully

cleans

both the rooms and my mind

        Fujiko Sato (Japan) from GUSTS 25, 2017


continuous

rainy days on the island

I soak myself

in the stormy ocean

of Dostoyevsky

      Natsuko Wilson (Canada) from GUSTS 24, 2016


remnants

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

bluesman

slides his music

along my spine

      Jeff Seffinga (Canada) from GUSTS 24, 2016


outside

the cafe window

a woman

with green fingernails

taps the first day of spring

      Gerry Jacobson (Australia) from GUSTS 24, 2016


sharing

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


tired 

of rejection

a panhandler

asks me

for the time

    Robert Piotrowski (Canada)  from GUSTS 22, 2015         


dark energy
pushing space itself
apart...
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
tonight
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--
unceasingly
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
surrounded
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



lavender
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
deer
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
path--
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
sources
         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



Fukushima---
a land
uprooted
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



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

         Sanford Goldstein (Japan)  from GUSTS 13, 2011


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