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  • mono 2:49 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , doom, Energy, Energy and Environment, , , , , , , wind   

    A Wind-Whipped Umbrella (2 Eyeslit Tankas) 

    Dripping shards of grass
    The obfuscated sun-slime
    of a bleak current
    Encircle toward the Vague
    If only to sink within

    The shivering self
    and a wind-whipped umbrella
    I stumbled at last
    Not so luminous under
    a silk quilt epiphany

    • Jeff Jefferson 11:43 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink

      “Sun-slime” …!

      Such a cool notion; the sound of that word is great. Both of these tankas have great sound and rhythm to them.

    • jgrefe 6:53 am on May 21, 2008 Permalink

      Jeff Jefferson, thank you very much. Hopefully Michigan will be an inspiring place this summer to reflect and craft some new poetry. Hope to meet up with you again this year, your schedule permitting.

  • mono 12:00 pm on March 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: embrace, , , rice fields, , the cold, wind   

    The Cold (3 original tanka poems circa 2007) 

     The Cold: To Be Taken Together or Separately 

    Struggle until I
    Seemingly reach the darkness
    This, my immersion
    As the stalk blows in the field
    Cold wind embrace, gone

    Overcome by this
    Catastrophic renewal
    My mind blinking black
    An obscure conversation
    A multitude of voices

    Someone looks at me
    From across desolation
    I hear the train stop
    It is a pity that I
    May never see her again

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