Stunning Contrasts on a Summer Day: A #TankaTuesday #TankaProse

close photography of grilled meat on griddle

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a cool summer breeze

a time to sow or to reap

every moment

I lay my burden down

to pick it up again


The last taste of burgundy rests in the well of a used wine glass. She strolls the garden after rinsing something in the sink. Maple leaves flutter in the woosh of this passing wind.

Somewhere north of Hartford, Conneticut, my son and his boy scout troop close out another day at scout camp.


Meanwhile, somewhere north of the southern US border, a mother cries–wondering whether she’ll ever see her children again. Somewhere else, her children ask for her again and again.


a lit barbeque

another year in the life

as a school year ends

while others experience

what I could never bear




Kiwinana’s  #Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 102 – Experience & Life

Real Toads’ The Tuesday Platform (imagined by Magaly Guerrero)





19 replies »

  1. Some things are hard to imagine.. i think of the rights of parents, ones I have taken for granted all my life, and how some ‘authority’ might step in and strip me of them… none of us should be complacent in our own backyards.

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  2. Frank, I LOVED your prose and your poetry. This is what I’m talking about. We can use our poetic voices to draw attention to the pain in this world. Well done. Now, I’m off to cry for the pain I feel for the children and the families. ❤

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