Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tanka--By Elizabeth Howard--United States

looking at Christmas lights
with a three-year-old . . .
an excited country girl
I rode to a neon city
to see Gone with the Wind

at Christmas
honeybees testing the keyhole
to the cinnamon buns—
yet when fruit trees blossom
                    only surrogates

in the guest cabin
grandchildren on pallets
helter-skelter . . .
pick up a blue stick
red, green, yellow tumble

Elizabeth Howard lives in Arlington, Tennessee. Her work has appeared in Comstock Review, Big Muddy, Appalachian Heritage, Cold Mountain Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, and many other journals.


  1. Dear Elizabeth,

    Thank you for your beautiful Tanka series, great imagery and a joy to read.

    Best wishes,

  2. Really enjoyed these Elizabeth, thanks for sharing!

  3. these made me smile - thanks for sharing lovely memories

  4. Nice work, Elizabeth. I really like that first one. Continued blessings!

    MJ (