Tanka Tributes . . .

It’s such a pleasure to be able to include the work of two fine tanka poets, Lauren Mayhew and Jenny Ward Angyal, in these All Souls tribute posts. Lauren’s second poem “sliding down,” she writes, is a tribute to her brother who died from leukemia in 1993. He was 29.

a paper lantern
set adrift on the river…
the light dims
inside you as you float
farther from my reach

     —Skylark 1:1, Summer 2013

sliding down
his lifeless cheek
a teardrop
still warm
to my touch

     —Ribbons 8:3, Winter 2012 

beads of water
sit on her cold breasts–
all the tears
I could not cry for her
suddenly come now

A Hundred Gourds 1:2, March 2012

Both of Jenny’s poems are in memory of her parents:

the book
of wildflowers
my mother bound—
among the brittle leaves
these four-leaf clovers

     –Gusts 17, Spring/Summer 2013

I lay your sad ghost
in the west room
of my heart. . .
the mockingbird sings
what he doesn’t know

–Second Place, Tanka Society of America 2013 contest

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About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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4 Responses to Tanka Tributes . . .

  1. sanjuktaa says:

    Beautiful poems! Thanks to the poets for sharing and special thanks to you, Margaret, for bringing these to us.

  2. shelley says:

    This is awe-inspiring. Beautiful

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