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.

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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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