summer tanka

16 Aug

in tutus pink, rose
fuchsia ballerinas
slim stamens en pointe
pirouette as we applaud
lovely summer’s brief plié

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly

The July prompt at Poets Online was to write a summer tanka. The collection is up.  Summer has a lot of angles; take a look. My contribution, the poem above, is way down at the bottom.

Poets Online features a monthly prompt. August’s uses the poem “Starlight” by recently announced American Poet Laureate Philip Levine, to challenge us to use the stars to tell our stories. The prompt is here. The Poets Online blog goes into a bit more detail. Happy star-gazing — and writing (if you choose to accept the challenge)!


Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Nature, Tanka


2 responses to “summer tanka

  1. Maureen

    August 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Lovely, Violet, and it stands well with and without an image.


    • violet

      August 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you, Maureen! Fuchsias have always seemed like little dancers to me.



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