Two autumn tanka

18 March

the tomato vine
once supple with promise
dried, a squat fruit
of autumn—life’s lesson

(as if it needed underlining)

19 March

smokey sunrise
gorgeous pinks and scarlets
street lights haloed
horizon a Rothko smear
crimsoned over charcoal

Image: Mark Rothko – No. 46 (Black, Ochre and Red over Red), 1957. Oil on canvas (1903-1970) Panza Collection. MOCA c/- Rob Corder on Flickr. The Southern Hemisphere moves into Autumn, the vegies die off and hazard reduction burns on the escarpment drape the valleys with smoke.

And for music this morning, I’ve been a bit obsessed of late with Caroline Shaw’s composition Orange (Youtube). So here it is again for all you gardeners.

3 thoughts on “Two autumn tanka

  1. This post is packed full to overflowing (as every garden should be) – the Rothko, thank you for posting it. The amount of emotion in that series is immeasurable. Your lines do it honor. Most of all, your first Tanka is succinct and crisp. Oh, and thanks for the link to Shaw – had a listen – will be adding it to my playlists. Bam, bam, bam, every bit of this hits home for me. Thanks, Z

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