Tanka 2

wild violets grew
along the dirt road’s hillside
shrinking, they were not
when picked by Mother in May
to brighten our old kitchen

©2021 KT Workman

(Note: A tanka is a form of Japanese poetry made up of 5 lines containing 31 syllables. The 1st line has 5 syllables; 2nd, 7 syllables; 3rd , 5 syllables; 4th , 7 syllables; 5th, 7 syllables. It can have any theme.)

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KT Workman

KT Workman grew up in the rural South without the benefit of cell phones or the Internet, a time and place that has heavily influenced her writing. To this day, when she puts pen to paper—or fingers to keyboard—nine times out of ten her mind veers south onto that old, familiar road. It goes home. KT resides in Arkansas where she writes a wide variety of gothic and speculative fiction, poetry, and dabbles in watercolor painting and amateur photography.

4 thoughts on “Tanka 2”

  1. I remember Mama digging some alongside the road in Pine Holler.
    I don’t know how you discipline your words into these correct patterns.

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    1. Writing poetry is like learning to do anything else…practice, practice, practice. And I enjoy bending and moving words to suit my purpose; to me, it’s similar to working puzzles.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sister. ❤️


  2. Really like this KT. My Mom couldn’t have fresh flowers because she had a really bad case of hay-fever. But she’d plant them just outside the kitchen window so that she could watch them grow. And her favorite color was lavender.


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    1. I’m sure gazing on the flowers through the kitchen window brought joy to your mother. For most of us, flowers, both the tamed and wild, warm our hearts.
      Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth. 😊


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