Monday, August 1, 2011

Dry Spell

Corn stretching its leaves,
Praying to the sky for rain.
Sun bakes the cracked soil.

As goes the land, so go we.
My tears do not bring relief.

* I began writing poetry in the Japanese Tonka style last winter (5-7-5, 7-7) which is similar to haiku (5-7-5). The first 3 lines are about nature and the last two are personal reflection. My goal is to write a complete Tonka collection which consists of 100 poems: 20 each in five collections -- winter, spring, summer, fall, and one on love. It is a challenge to write within such structure, but the discipline and simplicity feels good.