Tangled Vines

Claire Everett

from the eaves of silence
drop by drop
an icicle of tanka
run through a love-blanched heart

perfumed dust
the faint stain
of freesias
her glad grace remembered
in tanka’s cut-glass vase

a lotus moon
blooms with the scent
of tanka…
dropping pollen
until sleep turns the page

with her restless fingers
tugs at loose threads…
half way to lost
these red and gold dreams

the dammed veins of sunset
how my tongue flinches
when I long to drink dry
the grape of tanka

these old haunts…
a crow wind
picks clean
the bones of tanka

climbing the walls
these tangled vines of tanka
a foothold
on the crumbling ledge…
a window to your heart



October 2011

I have started to write collaborative response tanka with the lovely Autumn Noelle Hall of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado and we have just had the first sequence we ever wrote together published in the October issue of Lynx. The sequence, ‘Vessels of Light’,  can be found here: http://ahapoetry.com/ahalynx/263collabs.html

There are some fantastic solo and collaborative pieces in this issue of Lynx, lots of familiar names, along with some new voices.

For readers of DailyHaiku, my final set as contributing poet for the cycle 11 team is now live. Submissions are open until the end of September for the cycle 12 team. I highly recommend giving it a go. It’s been a fantastic experience and I feel honoured to have been part of such a creative team. Here’s the link for my current week: http://www.dailyhaiku.org/haiku/2011-september-11

The submission details are here: http://www.dailyhaiku.org/info/

Good Luck!





2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. louis osofsky
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 20:18:32

    simply smooth


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