Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Divided Loyalties

Uncompromising
snow-filled landscape separates
survival from love.

With loyalties divided,
is this artwork or story?

By Sarah ©2017


Author’s Note: This painting is from the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tomaki. This is the information plaque about the painting, from the gallery.

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 67 – Landscape and Artwork

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Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Il Colosseo 

Surrounded by crowds,
valiant gladiators
fight until the death.

All that remains, a whisper;
ancient Roman history.

By Sarah ©2017



Image credit By Sarah ©2017

Author’s note: ‘Il Colosseo’ is the Italian name for the Colosseum (or Coliseum). It is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. It is situated just east of the Roman Forum.

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 64 – surrounded and history

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

No More


Image credit Barbara Florczyk

Her only comfort,
as the rain falls around her,
– a canopy’s space.

She dreams of a time to come,
when the tears will flow no more.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Photo Challenge #178; Ramblings of a Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 60 – space and dream

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Seventy-Five Years


Image credit By Sarah ©2017

Holding his lady.
Married seventy-five years.
On deathbed he lies,
vows honored until the end.
A portrait of love, endures.

By Sarah ©2017


Author’s note:  This piece is dedicated to my nanna, 95 years old, and my grandfather “Bill” who passed away in June 2015. They had a truly remarkable and inspiring love; married more than 75 years! I can’t even imagine the bond they shared. Nanna claims he still visits her every night in her dreams, asking her when she will join him 💜💙💚

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 59 – portrait and lady

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Beyond The Undergrowth


Image credit By Sarah

Sometimes the right path
hides in the dense undergrowth;
asking to be sought
and dragged into clarity.
But when it finds you? Magic!

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, #44 – hunt and find (I have used synonym ‘sought’ in place of hunt)

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Unravelling


Image credit MKA Photography

He punishes her.
A blush heats her face. Confused,
she bows her head low…

knows she’s still bound to him but
aware it’s unravelling.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, heat & confuse and, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Photo Challenge #175

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Though I Roam Wild


Image credit http://reylia.deviantart.com/

though I may roam wild
through the deserts of despair
rain shall drive my calm 

creating joyful music
strangled by the whitest hope

By Sarah ©2017



Prompst: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Photo Challenge – #174, AND, Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, wild & calm