– 12/28/16

      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      I think these beautiful tanka poems will resonate personally for you as they do for me. The quiet first sight, the word that awakens strong feeling, they are doors that open into a lifetime of deep relationship. Then, the precarious moment, the balance that determines the course of our well being. Here is the power of small poems to hold the energy of life changing experience.

      ~ Kathabela

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      Fishing (Photo - Eve Castle).

      Fishing (Photo – Eve Castle).

      Eve Castle

      at the lake
      dawn finds him fishing
      last nights choir
      of frogs and cicadas
      forgotten —in this stillness

      Eve Castle‘s new beginning “story” revolves around her husband. They married in 2013 as a middle-aged couple. In dawn’s light she took of her husband, he and the boat veiled in darkness. It ties closely to how she felt when she found him and fell in love. A beautiful surprise and a new beginning after a long stillness. Eve’s poetry and short stories have been published in Illya’s Honey, The Barbaric Yawp and in Bright Stars. One of her poems was recently included in an anthology of poets located in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area.

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      Maestro Impromptu (Photo - Lois P. Jones).

      Maestro Impromptu (Photo – Lois P. Jones).

      Lois P. Jones

      I was reading
      Mozart’s biography
      on the settee
      your eyes sought mine
      “Constanze!” you cried.

      Lois P. Jones says: “There’s an entire lifetime surrounding this tanka, maybe more, but it was a pivotal experience meeting the man and maestro who would change my life forever and who continues to resonate beyond his passing this year at 93.” Lois lives in South Pasadena. She’s the host of KPFK’s Poets Cafe.​

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      Unexpected breach (Photo - Michele L. Harvey).

      Unexpected breach (Photo – Michele L. Harvey).

      Michele L. Harvey

      today it changed
      his life’s trajectory
      the small breach
      in the tarmac’s surface
      which caught his cycle’s wheel

      When asked to write a poem on the theme of a life changing moment, the poet Michele L. Harvey thought of one where life passes before one’s eyes. When living and bicycling in Manhattan on a dark winter’s night, her front wheel caught in a construction fissure which crossed the bicycle lane. She fell and fortunately was unscathed. Not so, for a young cyclist friend in a similar situation. (This poem is an amalgam of both incidents.) Michele’s tanka helps us remember to honor small, poignant moments, which build on one another to set our life’s course. Michele L. Harvey spends winter part of the year in Brooklyn, NY and the warmer months in country at Hamilton, NY.

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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      1. Karen Harvey aka 'Poet on the Beach' says:

        These are beautiful poems. Thank you for sharing them.

      2. susandiri says:

        Cheers, Poets-All, for demonstrating the life stories that inform tanka, that bubble up from layered experience!!

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