of a distant suicide—
one leaf
spirals downward
toward glittering frost


9 Responses

  1. pbergonzi Says:


  2. janetld Says:

    Stunning, Jenny.

  3. Ryan McC Says:

    Chilling. I feel that the last three lines would conjure the very same unfortunate image in the absence of the opening couplet

  4. madhurip Says:

    Great imagery. Wonderful.

  5. Nichole_Long Says:

    A good poem.

  6. jdbrush Says:


  7. Alan Summers Says:

    Very strong tanka by Jenny.

    I'm reminded of this tanka I wrote:

    a small death
    the cracked shell
    of a snail
    now this delay
    at the train station

    Alan Summers
    Publication credits:

    The Strand Book Of International Poets 2010 (Strand Publishing 2010)
    ISBN: 9781907340062

    Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 3 (MET Press 2010)

    I also believe there was a self-killing that day on the rail tracks.

    kind regards,


  8. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Very strong writing, Jenny.


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