this inkstone night

the brush of your lips

in this inkstone night…

I am a poem

as old as the mystery

the breath between the stars



a memory of his childhood

laughter and light

clambering green…

until the bough breaks


lobster pots

stacked at the quayside

nothing to catch

but a young girl’s dreams

and the whispers of the tide


this ancient self

rolling my tongue around

words in dreams …

in the lull between tides

a poem birthed


stooping now and then

to wash a pebble

in a tide pool

memory walks the shoreline

with her bucket of dreams


swirling notes

each phrase and gesture –

how soon it ends

on the wings of swifts and swallows

this summer song


three tanka for Svetlana, Kirsten and Lisa, all of whom are poets, battling cancer:

sewn heart to heart

the flowers of our prayers

rest your head awhile…

the mountains you have raised

are moving to your song


spun from light

these silks with the strength of steel…

you are the poet

and the poem that births

a thousand suns


in iris sandals

I will cross the sky

with words for you…

a quiver of raindrops

for the bow of the sun



Two superb journals are currently open to submissions:

Simply Haiku Calls For Submissions

Simply Haiku is now accepting submissions of “Quality Traditional English Language Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Haiga, Renga, Book reviews, Interviews and Feature articles.”

Submission deadline: September 15, 2011. Please read carefully the Submission Guidelines before submitting.

On behalf of: Robert D. Wilson & Sasa Vazic
Co-Owners, Co-Publishers, Co-Editors in Chief







Pamela A. Babusci


Moonbathing Issue 5 is now accepting

submissions. I have additional copies

of Moonbathing issues of 3 & 4

If you wish to purchase a copy(ies)

please e-mail me.


Please e-mail with your regular submission one tanka

on the theme of “moonbathing”. The winner will receive

a year’s subscription.


Moonbathing will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.



Moonbathing will feature only women poets. Send a maximum of 10 tanka per submission period. Submission deadlines:

Spring/Summer: In-hand Deadline: May 15th spring/summer themes or non-seasonal only

Fall/Winter: In-hand deadline: Dec. 15th

fall/winter theme or non-seasonal only

No previously published tanka or simultaneous submissions; no tanka that has been posted on-line on a personal website/blog.


Send your tanka IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to: Pamela A. Babusci: moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com PLEASE NO ATTACHMENTS. E-mail submissions ONLY.

I hope that all tanka poets who have their work accepted will support Moonbathing by purchasing a copy or a subscription. If Moonbathing is to survive it will need your support and I will be most grateful for it.



Moonbathing does not assume liability for copyright infringement or failure to acknowledge previously published tanka.




Subscriptions: $12 for one year (two issues) U.S. and Canada; $6 for single issue. International: $16

(two issues) $8 single issue U.S. dollars; send US cash or international M.O.—payable to Pamela A. Babusci to: Moonbathing Editor

150 Milford Street Apt. 13 Rochester, NY 14615-1810 USA

The Editor of Moonbathing is looking forward to receiving your best tanka. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Pamela A. Babusci moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com


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