what do I know . . .

For each issue of the Tanka Society of America’s journal Ribbons, members are invited to submit tanka on a particular theme for inclusion in editor Michael McClintock’s Tanka Café. From those entries, one tanka is selected for a Member’s Choice Award and honored with a commentary and publication in the next issue. It’s always fun to see the variety of responses to Michael’s prompts, as well as to read the winning tanka and accompanying comments. In the current issue, this honor fell to me for the following tanka written on the theme of “Afterlife.”

what do I know
of this life or the next . . .
nothing more
than the woman I watch
feeding pigeons n the park

Member’s Choice Award, Tanka Café,
Ribbons 9:2, Fall 2013

I’m pleased to have been singled out for this recognition, especially since the judge who selected my poem is one of my tanka heroes, Amelia Fielden, who not only writes exquisite tanka but also translates tanka from the Japanese. Now, as a winner, I get to choose and write a commentary from tanka submitted for the prompt “Colors.” I’m excited to have the opportunity and look forward to the process.

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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12 Responses to what do I know . . .

  1. Yousei Hime says:

    I really like it too. Anything that turns one’s eyes back to simplicity, to zen, sounds good to me.

  2. Congratulations, Margaret. I look forward to reading the commentary in Ribbons. It is a wonderful–and truthful–tanka.

  3. Adelaide says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved.

  4. sanjuktaa says:

    Really do like it. Your tanka is always amazing, Margaret!

  5. …I think feeding pigeons is “knowing a lot”…

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