Tanka Writing Roundtable • Fall 2009
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Michelle Dixson


Michelle Ginger Dixson


For those of you reading this passage that know me, you can skip this and go onto the good stuff, the tanka, after finishing this paragraph. Just know that this is the Fall of ’09 at Millikin.

Now, for those of you reading this introduction that don’t know me, or at least well enough to skip an intro. Life happens, you reflect on the past, you enjoy the present, and you look to the future. Here are a few things you should know:

It has been the fall semester of two thousand nine at Millikin University. I have been here now for two and a half years and I am ready to graduate and move on. I have been reflecting a lot this semester as a result.

Times are a changin’: I have started taking my core courses as a junior, I have become a leader both as president of a student organization and as a building manager here at MU, I have learned and am still learning about my significant other, and just this semester, I have rekindled my connection to one of my brothers as both a friend and sibling.

This semester has been all about relationships: relationships with friends – old, new, and graduating, relationships with family – reconnecting and growing apart, relationships with faculty – gaining trust and respect.

Now that you know a bit about me, I bid you go forth and read.

really for the first time
as equals

my brother’s bad
I switch
on his porch

getting frustrated
dad takes the controller
from me
and beats my boyfriend
at canoeing


my mom
asks about high school friends
once so important
now there is only

from the greyhound
to grocery shopping
to our suite
we plan
for her birthday


5 stop lights
6 towns
7 roads
to get to you... or
8 seconds

a ring
much too large
it fits perfectly
for me


© 2009, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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