Saturday, December 22, 2012

Forest Tanka

damp forest
spider trees weave
a web of leaves
fluttering foliage

light burns
the forest path
patches of sun
tree trunks reach
up for heaven

shadowed leaves
brush over this track
the briefest breeze
ants march single file
winding pindabat

beneath entwining 
branches and grass
something glistens
soft grass underfoot
ouch! an ant bites

brightest yellow
discarded on the floor
a butterfly wing
only after the rain
a wet forest path

bent bamboo
drunkenly hangs
damp forest air
sun piercing gaps
in the green canopy

after vassa
a solitary leaf
hangs forlorn
mosquito buzzing
seeking breakfast

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