Tanka for morning glory

For Frank Tassone’s haikai prompt.

purple ipomea


before the sun burns
morning glory trumpets
an echo of
sunset purple—night nestles
among leaves even at noon


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

33 thoughts on “Tanka for morning glory”

    1. Thank you. I’m never certain if I’ve got it right with tanka. There’s a magic turning point in the poem and it’s usually not obvious to me if it’s happened or not.

      1. From the pots It seems that you live in the country side. You’re so lucky you live in all this natures. It must be purifying the soul, I bet! (Sorry my English is not so good) wish you the best ❤

      2. Thank you! I do live in the countryside,but tame, agricultural countryside not wild and isolated. You could describe it as a purifying experience, stripping out the preoccupations of city living. It has it’s own worries though, much more basic, like life and death, the sun, the rain, drought and flood. Not that everyone looks at it that way though.

      1. Yes, I simply do not understand how people can not, WILL NOT, see the monsters in broad daylight, right in front of their faces. There are many, many instances.

      2. A lot of unpleasantness is let off the hook because if you criticise it they brandish the phobia or ism banner. Freedom of speech seems to be a lost cause these days. As they say, it’s wrong to discriminate against people, but ideas ought to be fair game.

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