TANKA TALES: First Experience

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not  allowed

to touch the curtains

I climb the fire place bricks

for the first glimpse

of my baby sister      — Deborah P. Kolodji

 

my dreams come and go

the whir of a plane comforts me

dozing in the sun

the smell of tomato plants

brings me to my childhood  — Stephan Petrilli

 

up on the china cabinet

in a produce box

dad laughs

and mom chastises

not  allowed

to touch the curtains

I climb the fire place bricks

for the first glimpse

of my baby sister      — Deborah P. Kolodji

 

my dreams come and go

the whir of a plane comforts me

dozing in the sun

the smell of tomato plants

brings me to my childhood  — Stephan Petrilli

 

up on the china cabinet

in a produce box

dad laughs

and mom chastises

I survey the scene below     — Patricia Wakimoto

 

Tommy's tortoise

walks under the swinging doors

into the girls bathroom

screams of terror

from the kindergarteners     — Janis Albright Lukstein

 

my father

gives me ripe wet plums

then cries

I didn't know

he couldn't pay the rent  — Genie Nakano

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