#42

I Can’t Go Back

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My world is Gone I Can’t Go Back Now
What was there is no longer anymore
It is faded into the past I know
Unreachable on the distant shore

Sadness overtakes my heart I know
Sadness because of what is now gone
Sadness that I can never return
To what I once called my only home

Not sadness over the life I lived
But Sadness over friendships that were lost
Over loved ones that have passed away
Sadness over what was left in the past

My world is Gone I Can’t Go Back Now
What was there is no longer anymore
It is faded into the past I know
Unreachable on the distant shore

Sadness overtakes my soul at times
Sadness because of what is left behind
Sadness that things must pass on and on
To a time that we have yet to find

My world is Gone I Can’t Go Back Now
What was there is no longer anymore
It is faded into the past I know
Unreachable on the distant shore

#39 and 40

Two Silly Tanka Poems

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The Roller Coaster

Riding up the slope

Stomach twisted into knots

Watching for the top

Coaster descends stomach flops

The thrill over, go again


The Bamboo Pillow

My bamboo pillow

Came tucked inside a bag

Take out, let inflate

Then shake, shake, shake, turn over

Then shake the pillow again

#38

My Cat the Gardener

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My cat does the gardening

He snips and prunes each day

In his gloves and boots

He’s quite the gardener

He rips out the weeds

And gives them all the toss

Then smooths out the beds

He’ll plant a few pansies

And a new rose bush

Maybe add some gardenias

A daffodil, an iris, some catnip too

My cat does the gardening

One thing I don’t have to do

#35 thru 37

Three Tanka Poems

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Game Apps

So many game apps

Playing on the little screen

Taking up my time

Take up too much of my time

What else do I have to do


A Moment

To make a moment

It only takes a moment

A few brief seconds

Out of the hours of each day

Memories for a lifetime


The Whirlwind

Time for twirling in

The whirlwind of quarantine

Fast, slow, time moves by

Waiting, watching, hoping, soon

Life will go back to normal

#34

Children

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Every time we say hello

To a newborn offspring

We’re on our way

To saying goodbye

Not truly the actual phrase

But moving in that direction

The distance between

The two words grows a little less

As a child grows older

Be aware tomorrow

Will some day be the tomorrow

When the day comes

The little offspring will be

On their way to a new beginning

The key is not fear

the shedding of tears nor

The word that will come

Just enjoy the days

Numbered as they are descending

To the moment when your

Newborn offspring becomes

Man and woman