just this morning
the first magnolia buds
my mother?s unwed initials
on the suitcase she brought east

10 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:


    Good decision to have the dash after opening so it's not an overt pivot line.
    Simply wonderful tanka, and one I've enjoyed reading a few times already.

    Alan, With Words

  2. Hannah Mahoney Says:

    Thank you, Alan, for taking the time to comment. So glad it sustained a few reads — that's a lovely compliment!

  3. Linda Long Says:

    my first time ever thanking someone for writing something I truly appreciate reading.
    Heartfelt thanks,

  4. Hannah Mahoney Says:

    Thanks so much, Linda — that's very touching to hear.

  5. John McManus Says:

    Excellent work Hannah. I absolutely love this tanka.

  6. Hannah Mahoney Says:

    Oh, thanks, John!

  7. Allison Millcock Says:


  8. Ken Slaughteer Says:

    I just discovered this, Hannah, and keep rereading it. Another I wish I had written!!

  9. martin1223 Says:

    clouded sky
    between the branches
    crab apples

  10. Ellen Grace Olinger Says:

    Lovely–there was a magnolia tree on the street where my mother lived for decades. Best wishes, Ellen

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