Where Were You the Day…

Just another day.

I’m running late. Drink coffee.

Chat with coworkers.

Ready for the day ahead.

Smiling, I greet my students


Leaves float on the air.

Isn’t it a lovely day?

The wind brings whispers.

Hide our tears from the students.

It will never be the same.  


What is going on?

The confusion… confusion.

They know something’s wrong.

We don’t say a single word.

Pretend. Just another day.

– K. Renae P.


Traditional tanka contain five lines instead of haiku’s three, and 31 syllables instead of 17. The structure is that of a haiku followed by two additional lines of seven syllables each: 5-7-5-7-7. -Ben Huberman

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