Haiku and Tanka by Margarita Engle


sun after fog
the lost art
of strolling

the comfort of rays
touching earth

serenity garden
the stone angel’s
real roses

a string of tanka

and sticks
in the robin’s
rough treasury of chipped
sky-blue eggs

no wings
to carry me
far away
from these long
winter blues

but time
for poems
and prayers, the feathery
wonder of words

by Margarita Engle

Printed here with her kind permission.
All Rights Reserved.

Margarita is the author of several young adult novels in verse, which have won many awards.  She received a Newbery Honor.  In my view, her work is for all ages.  Her newest book is The Wild Book.

Margarita’s website is a wonderful place to visit:  http://www.margaritaengle.com.

Image: wpclipart.com.

five roads


We moved to a small town in Wisconsin many years ago.  Gradually, I stopped driving on the freeways and learned the country roads.  These were also the years when I was caring for my mother in a city.  The challenge of learning these beautiful roads was also comfort and consolation.

five roads
from this corner
now I know
my way home
on them all

The image is courtesy of antiqueclipart.com.

small poetry collection ~ light


I began this site on April 30, 2012.  In rereading posts today, I noted several of my poems are about the sunrise, and the light through the days and seasons.  Thought I’d type this small collection for all of you.

Hope you enjoy,
and thank you,

after rain light shines through tears on windows

giving my tired
best to God
light along the horizon

and letting my mind rest
robins teach me their song

many years
in my footsteps
on this sand . . .
today the water is clear
the sun shines
and I take another step

listening to music
layers of light
in the clouds

sun reaches trees . . .
also old pine wood
in the house

late afternoon
never will I tire
of green leaves in sun

late November
sun fills a glass
for a time

a new sunrise
by God’s grace
many second chances
in this long lovely
life of faith

~ And a longer poem~

falling leaves
and silent sunrise

how easy today
to let go of old dreams

cook some eggs
wash the dishes
write this poem

The image is a free sample from The Chrysanthemun in Japanese Design: 121 Patterns and Motifs, courtesy of http://www.doverpublications.com.

lilacs and hope

I wrote this poem the year my mother was called Home.  Love endures.

few leaves
left on the lilac
living with
your loss

On this blog, earlier this year, I wrote these haiku:

of memories
lilacs in bloom

in sun and shade
and sun

“November” was published first in Hermitage, A Haiku Journal, Volume II, 2005.

“November” was reprinted in Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need (2007, Elin Grace Publishing).  This is a book I co-edited with Lora Homan Zill, the editor of Time Of Singing.  Charles A. Waugaman was the Art Editor and Illustrator.

I published a few non-profit books under the name “Elin Grace Publishing.”  Elin is for my Swedish Nanna and Grace is for my German grandmother.

If you’re interested in seeing the cover of Welcoming Hope and other information, please visit the Books Page at http://www.timeofsinging.com.

Blessings and hope,

Time Of Singing – Edited by Lora H. Zill

I recently received the new issue of TIME OF SINGING (TOS); Volume 39 “Intermezzo.”  The Fall issue is a “half issue” and includes Book Reviews and Book Announcements as well as poems.  The website link is http://www.timeofsinging.com. You can link to their Facebook Page from there, if you wish.

Thanks to Lora H. Zill for including a tanka I wrote last month. TIME OF SINGING is a print journal.

how gentle the wind
in predawn rose light
after the harvest moon
I begin October
with small and growing hopes