#Tanka Tuesday: Summer pleasures

For Colleen’s weekly Tanka Tuesday, a shadorma.


Pick a ripe

plum, bishop-violet

and roundly


sinfully sweet-scented and

luscious as Lilith.

Sun and storm

A shadorma trio for Colleen’s weekly challenge.


When sun sears,

and each step drags through

molten bronze,

my ears pulse

with cicada-throb—phantom

hiss of cool fountains.


Peeling back

the light from shadows,

the heat from

cool tree shade,

the weight of summer becomes

a golden caress,


until the storm

unleashes torrents

from torn cloud,


of electric-wired rain

to sooth the fever.