A December Tanka

Cold Comfort Farm-Feb2016

Winter’ … WHB – Pen & Ink 2017 


Bright the winter sun

Burns in the short day’s heaven

As each day goes by

I think of Bethlehem’s star

Wishing the year ‘Au Revoir’.



Tanka is a genre of classical Japanese poetry meaning a short poem, and one of the major genres of Japanese literature.

A Tanka consist of five units (often treated as separate lines when romanized or translated) usually with the pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables per unit or line). Wikipedia.

I have again ended my Tanka with a rhyming couplet.



Wistful Erotica


ACROSTIC VERSE (Two related verses)

hen our paths crossed those years ago
n time long past and place afar
o young and pure the afterglow
hat kissing then ‘neath that bright star
orever memories did bestow
ntil that required au revoir
ost us a life and let us go

ach and every time I try,
R esolutely to be free,
O ver the air your soft words fly,
T ouching, teasing, tempting me,
I n a whisper and a sigh,
C hiding senses your charms to see;
A nd I’ll surrender by and by.