Earth – (Prose from 3 words)

My next challenge of 3 words has been given to me by a very dear girlfriend of mine that I have known for many, many years.  You can find her at:-

Her words are – wound, earth, silence


Wound fractures
open mother earth
in silence waits

what will become of her

heated months lazer
frozen waters
melting under rays

and where will her children go

waves skyscraper
consuming, devouring
dragging into watery graves

those she nurtured from her soil

wounded sky
wounded core
deafening silence

breathe mother earth

while you can
no band-aid will heal
the crevice is too deep

©jmtacken Sept 2103

Tanka – Japanese – Comfort in the Grass

I am continuing my learning experience with a Tanka (similar to a Haiku).

In English, the tanka is usually written as five short lines. Tanka poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions. This form of poetry dates back almost 1200 years ago.

  • Traditionally in Japanese, the tanka is five groups of sounds, each of 5 or 7 sound units. The first and third units have 5 sound units (as in a haiku), while the other units have 7 sound units. 31 syllables in total.  This can be represented by: 5-7-5-7-7.


Grass beneath bare feet
soft spongy comforting floor
endorphins released
breathless running our lips met
kissed the grass smiled at the sun