Tanka Matching Contest 3 - Harvest Moon

(select your favorite for each pair and write it in the box below or above the pairs)
(then select favorites of those pairs, etc... until one is the top pick)

Tanka Writing Roundtable, Fall 2009 • Millikin University

moon hangs
over the fields
miserable child conceived
for his father's bidding

a mist of soft light glows
on the far off horizon
even among friends
i am still all

weights tied
to my feet
I struggle
to break free
not taken under

she casually mentions
her boyfriend…
suddenly i realize
how terribly lonely
i’ve become





top quarter champion


top half champion

bottom quarter champion




harvest moonrise
out of practice
my bones rattle
posturing my body
for your receipt

in the silver light
of the moon
i want
to come find you

this golden globe
they call a moon
is taken for granted
now I bask in it
and adorn it

the autumn air
more clear
than summer
I sit back
and breathe


top half champion





bottom half champion


finding time
for tea
and the moon
shows up

tea ceremony
I ask
which way
the moon will rise

pound rice
all night long
you stir green tea
with an ivory spoon

through the branches
then a curve of moon
then the rabbit
and rabbit's friend





top quarter champion


bottom half champion

bottom quarter champion




give me
your hand
i'll hold it
summer nights
forever and ever

gazing up at stars
I wonder
is your infinity
larger than mine?

willow weeps
a river
another year in the fields
before marriage
he says

weeping willow tree
I see your branches
fly free
a summer breeze
must be wonderful

© 2009, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.