the leaf-fall path

Another week of Tanka Poets on Site prompts.

wild honeysuckle
and the nightingale’s song
sweeter still
is the path not yet taken
my dreams’ blue yonder


water on stone
tinkling the ivories
my old friend
fresh from the mountains
remembers our favourite song



sunlit nude
rain-washed, rouged,
bold or broken
the silken tulip I was
am and will be


bracing her foot
against the ribs of my dream
her breath
in each bloom . . .
waxing moon


stolen moments
an open window
to my summer mind . . .
dusting for the fingerprints
of that first, forgotten touch



the deepest inkwell
is the darkest moon. . .
a feather
from a tawny owl
found on the leaf-fall path



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robert
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 15:11:18

    I love these, especially “stolen moments”. Where do you get the prompts?


    • Claire
      Sep 05, 2012 @ 19:26:33

      Hi Robert, thank you! Not sure if you have Facebook, but if you do, search “Tanka Poets on Site” and you should be able to access the prompts.

      Best Wishes,


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