Tanka

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This web page is a collection of my tanka poetry. These poems are observations of the natural world and human nature. Please read each five-line poem slowly and use your imagination to visualize the scene. The objective of reading tanka is to experience the moment that inspired the author to write the poem. Read each poem more than once if needed. Take your time and I hope you enjoy my tanka.

© Wylanda E. Harris, 2015-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of poems, photographs and text, excluding public domain quotes and special occasion photo art, without express and written permission from this website’s author/photographer is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Wylanda E. Harris with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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27

lightning strikes

in the distance

moon above

floats quietly

through silence

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26

fingers

spread to touch

the wind

rustling leaves

of old oak

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25

dimmed lights

and smooth jazz

his eyes

holding me

in the dark

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24

moss covered log

rests in sunlight

dappled water

the whirls and swirls

of stream blending

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23

a cold wind

blows through forest

the creaking

and soft clacking

of brittle wood

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22

gusts of wind

thrashing trees

the moon glides

slowly through

field of stars

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21

clouds

of smoke

drift

above

sunset

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20

memories

of our long walks

together

grandson’s acorns

in a small box

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19

evening walk

cicadas singing

in the trees

above rustling leaves

crescent moon brightens

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18

farmhouses

surrounded by

fields of green

another spring

becomes summer

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17

golden hour

the ethereal light

of sunset

rising face of moon

illuminated

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16

chilly morning

beneath cloudy sky

children fishing

a white egret flies

alone over creek

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15

white turtle

floating in blue sea

quarter moon

the smooth ebb and flow

of daydreams this spring

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14

white buds open

on Magnolia

remembering

my grandmother

with the same name

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13

twilight deepens

green hills shrouded

in mist and rain

cows in meadow

fade into night

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12

rumble

of thunder

silence

one by one

raindrops fall

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11

Easter egg

hunt with grandson

basket full

a rabbit hops

across our path

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10

a monarch

butterfly

migrates south

warm sunlight

in autumn

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9

golden

flowers close

on vine

sunlight fades

to darkness

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8

red wasps

building

new nest

admire

from afar

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7

palm fronds

swaying

in wind

seagulls

take flight

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6

a quick wave

from a stranger

bought same car

kindred spirit

on road of life

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5

simple wish

time did not pass

so quickly

snowflakes falling

in slow motion

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4

last year’s leaves

blown through the door

crumbling

grandmother tries

to remember

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3

old fort

stones mortared

with dreams

faint voices

wind and sea

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2

stand of pines

branches woven

together

fallen tree leans

on another

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1

every night

the old grey cat

in his bed

last of children

living at home

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