Tanka Writing Roundtable • Fall 2011
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Morgan Ewald

Waiting Wondering Wishing
tanka sequence
with Brittany Mytnik

Selected Tanka

Morgan Ewald

Before this class I had never heard of tanka poetry. For me, writing tanka is an escape.

their fingers touching,
the elderly couple
rekindles their love
soon there will be just one
the doctor says


the wooden stage
held me
while the other me
was under
the spotlight

i hear their
muffled whispers
across the hall
piercing like knives
my emotionless heart


lying in the grass
twirling the stem
of a dead leaf
between my

the dusty old piano
at dance rehearsal
remembers us
and our kiss,
a beautiful song


Thanksgiving break
I know what I am thankful for
this year
it is
your kisses

© 2011, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.