Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tanka--By Robert Henry Poulin--United States

into autumn fields
gathering dried withered weeds
all the vase can hold
I am with tears filling heart--
cancer taking you away!

on a stormy day
out far out to sea let go
from this little box
ashes on the wind let fly
all, all, all of you!

Love, before you went
and you let go to go away
my love whispered
for you to know
          you my love were bliss!

Robert Henry Poulin has been writing the small genre: haiku/senryu/tanka/Korean Sijo for 15 years winning Modern Haiku Best of Issue Senryu, awards in Tanka and Sijo and published two books of haiku: The Last Leaf Decides and Haiku Art Book. He is Vice President of Colt Press, Helping New Authors Stand Tall. He has been published, his more than two thousand poems, in USA and Internationally, winning awards in Japan and world wide. Poet Poulin resides in South Florida, USA.


  1. Hello, Robert, welcome to Whispers! Your beautiful words are so heartfelt and touching. Recently, having lost my dear, sweet grandfather to Alzheimers, my sorrow was renewed, although it has never really left my soul. Your poem is very deep in the knowing and buried in that one moment of lost. That moment which drones on and on in the remembering.............. welcome to Whispers! Hope to read you often! Sheri

  2. Dear Robert,

    It's good to see you already have a wonderful comment on your tanka. I agree with Sheri that your poetry is heartfelt. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here.

    Best wishes,

  3. I enjoyed your poem Robert. It is quite poignant and touched my heart with emotion. Welcome to Whispers and hope to see more of your talent.
    Sincerely, Charlene

  4. What beautiful tanka, Robert, and a lovely tribute to your relationship.

  5. Hi Robert. Nice Tanka poem. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  6. Robert,
    So moving and touching. Welcome to Whispers!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox