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A Tennessee Tanka for My Mother

Dogwoods and Daughters

I never thought t’ask
She never made the promise
But when the Dogwoods blossom
I wish my mother could have
Lived to meet my sweet daughters

Image Credit – By Famartin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A note of Japanese poetry forms

A tanka is a type of Japanese poetry that pre-dates haiku. Its form is made up of a 5-7-5, kami-no-ku (upper phrase), and a 7-7, shimo-no-ku (lower phrase).

More haiku, tanka, and other waka forms at Hillbilly Haiku.

The Day Pa’apaw Died

Chilly rain filling
the water barrel with leaves
from the tin sheet roof


Dead cat on my porch
wounds matted by morning frost
came back here to die

Photo Credit: By Linda Tanner [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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