A Tanka Huddle Christmas

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The colours and sounds of Christmas in Australia!

Twelve pages of original seasonal tanka poetry written as light-hearted group exercises in the lead-up to Christmas 2014 and 2015 by:

Anne Benjamin
Laura Davis
Beverley George
Yvonne Hales
Anne Howard
Marilyn Humbert
Carmel Summers
David Terelinck
Julie Thorndyke

now gathered in a chapbook for sharing with family and friends.

May be used as a Christmas card.

$8.00 per chapbook or pack of 4 for $20.00

For your copy, please contact me at j.thorndyke@bigpond.com

Ripples in the Sand

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a slink of silk
a flicker of flame
dark windows
guard our secrets
on the orient express
 
                    Julie Thorndyke
 

not Manet’s
girl at the bar …
my reflection
absorbed in private follies
sips peppermint tea

                    Julie Thorndyke

Thank you Jenny Ward Angyal and Susan Constable for including these poems in the
TSA Members’ Anthology 2016  Ripples in the Sand. And what a lovely cover image by Carole MacRury!

Pattern Upon Pattern

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a tanka sequence by Julie Thorndyke and Jan Dean

August sweeps
over the demolition site—
broken walls, twisted pipes
the torn patterns of old
wallpaper and past lives

layers build
pattern upon pattern
making art
isn’t always so
the best comes easily

so much to do—
can’t find my way
back
to that quiet place
poetry comes from

how like reflection
to make something better
the wrong way up
some day the world will say
twist asunder and start again

I need new words
to populate a poem—
some fish to swim
in the lily pond where thoughts
hover like dragonflies

once the winds
were always in august
now they come at whim
darting here, unbending
restless, ever restless

if the wind
blows from another
direction—shall I
dance a different step
sing a different tune

is anything left
from those long dark days
when everything
was gratefully received?
for some nothing ever suits

on a creaky ship
that rolled and rocked
grandfather came…
and this old frock coat
is all that is left of him

some decide
recycling is warranted
others are happy
to forget the past, move on
saving the best for last

©Julie Thorndyke and Jan Dean
First published Kokako 14 April 2011 p.34-35

 

Gemstones

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So happy to be one of the poets Anne Benjamin invited to write with her in this new collaborative tanka project, along with Jan Foster, Claire Everett, Marilyn Humbert, Patrica Prime, Luminita Suse and Carmel Summers. The mystical cover image is by Luminta Suse.

one candle lit
to warm my small world
… in each corner
benign shadows soften
the edges of heartbreak

                       © Julie Thorndyke           Gemstones  p.49

Gemstones: collaborative tanka by Anne Benjamin and friends.
Skylark Publishing, 2016.
ISBN-13: 978-1530574889
Available via Amazon

 

 

Tanka for a Rainy Day

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as for me, I am
content to live quietly—
as the rain
drips into small puddles
and glints in the sun

© Julie Thorndyke

first published in Yellow Moon 18 Summer 2005 p.13

Yellow Moon was a literary magazine 1997-2006 that helped many writers discover poetry, particularly short forms. I was fortunate to learn with and be encouraged by that community of poets under the leadership of Beverley George.

Recently in Ribbons and Gusts

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Sotto Voce

white on white
a snow-bound cottage
framed by bare trees
those elusive shadows hold
echoes of you and me

indigo
for the darker moments
when sunrise
is too far distant
for comfort

bold red to hold
an abstract canvas
in the eye—
the tricks we learn
to survive this life

a swirl
of ocean blue—
in the midst
of our turbulence,
the red flag of desire

colour and line
define our world—
we capture
one moment, and seek
to unlock eternity

an arc of blue
cuts this corner of canvas—
always the detail,
the sotto voce
that enthralls me

© Julie Thorndyke

12 July, 2015, Muse Gallery Cafe

First published in Ribbons 11(3) Fall 2105 p.53

Sadly, Muse Gallery and Cafe have closed their doors for the time being.Let’s hope that it won’t be a permanent decision. I enjoyed viewing the work of our local artists, and appreciated the impetus they provided for this tanka sequence.

A luminous painting in the gallery also prompted this tanka, that appeared in Gusts 22 Fall/Winter 2015 p.8:

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pale leaves
dripping with light
the gentleness
of our first touch,
your fingers on my neck

© Julie Thorndyke