Tanka 21/30 #npm23

Today I’m playing along with Laura Purdie Salas’s Digging for Poetry National Poetry Month project. This is a fun challenge each day, as Laura draws a game board card with five words that could be possible topics and then shares a handful of magnetic poetry words. Using her Day 19 topics and words, I decided to try a tanka with the main goal of simply making sense without cheating and adding different words!


frantic monkey mind
like a delirious mist
encourages fear;
drive her away and picture
bare blue sky of conscious life

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com


For my National Poetry Project, I’m playing along with the poetry calendar created by Margaret and Molly.






7 responses to “Tanka 21/30 #npm23”

  1. natashadomina Avatar

    So beautiful! I’m so glad to have read your poem this morning.

  2. Lou Piccolo Avatar

    What a calming poem! I especially love the way you begin with ‘frantic monkey mind’ and then ‘drive her away’.

  3. Linda Mitchell Avatar
    Linda Mitchell

    What a perfect pairing of the photo, monkey mind and delirious mist. Bravo!

  4. maryleehahn Avatar

    Great reminder!

  5. lindabaie Avatar

    I like that ‘delirious mist’. I’ve tried to do some with Laura, such fun to see what happens with the word choices!

  6. Bridget Magee Avatar

    Your poem provides clarity! 🙂

  7. Karen Edmisten Avatar
    Karen Edmisten

    Oh, how I can relate to the frantic monkey mind! But the pairing of this photo and your poem instantly brings me peace. 🙂 Love it.

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