Saturday, September 12, 2015

Tanka--By Elizabeth Howard--United States

morning sun
burning away the fog--
in slow motion
the barn's cupola and ridge . . .
at last the horses

autumn breeze
red and yellow leaves
twirling and swirling . . .
a disheveled sparrow’s
hard landing on the porch

relentless heat--
red dust shimmers
over the cracked earth,
a hollow clap of thunder
in the far distance

Elizabeth Howard lives in Crossville, Tennessee. She writes poetry and fiction. Her poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Big Muddy, Appalachian Heritage, Cold Mountain Review, Poem, Still, Mobius, Now & Then, Slant, and other journals.


  1. Especially like that first tanka as everything is slowly revealed...

  2. beautiful tanka poems - love the vivid descriptions

  3. Yes nothing like a foggy morning. Love that final line of seeing the horses..
    A lovely collection of moods and images. SuZ

  4. Wonderful, these pictures from life's better side.

  5. I love Tankas, and yours are surely a wondrous treat to read. I really enjoyed reading these marvelous poems this evening. What a lovely set of Tankas you have written, great work.