cattails
May 2014
Tanka Pages
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under the tree
hand-carved into a cross
the passing marked—
some dogs are mourned
more deeply than people

Marianne Paul
Canada


western sun
gilding the wings
of gulls
this ebb tide of my life
a peaceful place

Jan Foster
Australia


now and then
when my memory stalls
the word i seek
flies into my mind
in another tongue

Giselle Maya
France


first sparrow
the mulled sake cools down
without you
the first calendar page
is torn into pieces

Vessislava Savova
Bulgaria


dog watching
the sun disappear
behind clouds
wave after wave breaks
on an empty shore

Pas mirno gleda
Kako Sunce nestaje
Iza oblaka
Talas se za talasom
Razbija o obalu

Biljana Kitić Čakar
Bosnia-Hercegovina


released by children
symbols of peace in Ukraine
at the Vatican
a pair of white doves fall
to a crow and seagull

Emily Jo Scalzo
USA


sipping hot
cocoa by the window
snowflakes
usher me back to
the days of childhood

Shloka Shankar
India


again and again
I answer the same question
he remembers
what is is that bothers him
but not my response

Elaine Riddell
New Zealand


if I could wake
beside you in the morning
I would kiss you
until the sun went down
love you 'til it rose again

John Soules
Canada


an aged rose
sheds all it's petals
noiselessly,
one by one they go;
old memories

ಕಳಿತ ಹೂ
ದಳಗಳನೆಲ್ಲ
ಕಳಚುತಿದೆ
ಒಂದೊಂದಾಗಿ
ಹಳೆನೆನಪುಗಳು

Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy
United Kingdom




behind me
lies the Pacific
in its depths
the drowning specks
of hometown memories

Chen-ou Liu
Canada


The sun shining down
after days of sleet and rain—
squabbling sparrows:
Remembering that distant day
when sharp words came between us.

Richard St. Clair
USA


father,
son, daughter,
taking turns
carrying the picnic basket
to the end of the world

M. Kei
USA


the breeze
unbraids a willow
blond with catkins . . .
just another day when I
don't think about my mother

Claire Everett
United Kingdom


the first voice
I hear this morning . . .
a cardinal
calling, calling, as if life
depended on it

Janet L. Davis
USA


Granddad
always said, ‘travel light’,
leaving room
for love, laughter
and new destinations

Anne Curran
New Zealand


parents long passed
progeny independent
I enter
my seventh decade
vibrating with doubt

Amelia Fielden
Australia


a soldier’s flag folded
in silence by your casket
birds soar into sky—
heavy hearts remain grounded
as your spirit is set free

Valerie Jean Schafer
USA

(Tribute to WWII Veteran Bernard L. Rice Sr.
8/28/1922 - 2/28/2014)



left on the tree
only rope marks
from a swing
this back and forth
of my resolve

Sondra J. Byrnes
USA


something
catches in my
throat
a swan against
the wind dark pond

Brad Bennett
USA

my husband
reading my diaries'
after I'm gone
the heartache of words
that were left unsaid

Susan Burch
USA