sunlight glistens
on a small blade of grass
each poet
passes along the fire
in dew drops winking

 

 

(Included in A Gift of Tanka, AHA Books, 1990)


5 Responses

  1. Marilyn Hazelton Says:

    Thank you so much!

  2. snakypoet Says:

    What a wonderful tanka, and splendid sentiments! Then I saw who it was by – lovely that she is honoured here by such an appropriate poem.

  3. janewilliams Says:

    Yes, beautiful. I was just reading one of her essays from 2000 on haiku techniques, inspiring reading if anyone's interested http://www.ahapoetry.com/haiartjr.htm.

    still here
    all the gentle poets
    leaving us
    in their smallest poems
    glimpses of our larger selves

  4. madhurip Says:

    Beautiful tanka!

  5. Alan Summers Says:

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    Jane would have been so modestly delighted at her poems appearing on tiny words, she was a real fan of this site. Jane often announced on her now ceased Aha! Forum whenever someone had a poem up here.
    .
    .
    sunlight glistens
    on a small blade of grass
    each poet
    passes along the fire
    in dew drops winking

    (Included in A Gift of Tanka, AHA Books, 1990)

    —JANE REICHHOLD
    .
    A wonderful couple of pieces of writing melded together:

    .
    .
    From the small:

    sunlight glistens
    on a small blade of grass

    To all of us:

    each poet
    passes along the fire
    in dew drops winking

    .
    Beautiful and magical and uplifting, thank you Jane! :-)

    warm regards,

    Alan

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