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#Tanka Tuesday (1/2/18): Ordinary Grace–a #tankaprose #haibun…#poetry #haiku

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An alchemic drive

to transform this fallen world

into paradise

how many moments of Grace

missed in the ordinary?

 

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We almost don’t recognize each other. Her near-pixie cut hair and blue lipstick, and my ever-growing beard, conspire to conceal us. A moment later, we exchange our excited greetings. My former student sits in an office chair behind the school’s main office desk. Her nearly one-and-a-half-year-old daughter sits on it. She says she’s studying to become a midwife.

A midwife! She witnesses the punchline of the old joke, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans!” For how could an unwed, teenage mother so pull her life together? Isn’t that what society at large would say? Grace had other plans!

 

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beloved animals

I walk my dog one last time

before her giveaway

even a heartbroken boy’s

love is ordinary grace

 

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for dVerse’s Tuesday Poetics (Grace),

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge #65 (Synonyms of ambition, change),

Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge–week 78 (animals and love), and

Real Toads Tuesday Platform.

 

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