the roses in your minefield

a pair of tanka poems

artist: Alexandra Levasseur

by Joe Váradi

the roses in your minefield

I must forge ahead
delicate treasures await
among deadly traps
will it cost a limb to reach
the roses in your minefield…?

your pencil me in

you pencil me in
tentative and frivolous
but I write in ink
my self-worth waxes and wanes
as you requite, or shun me

tanka is a form of classical Japanese poetry, composed of a 5–7–5 haiku (the “upper phase”) followed by a 7–7 line pair (the “lower phrase”)

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Joe Váradi

Joe Váradi

Editor of No Crime in Rhymin' and Language Lab | ..."come for the sarcasm, stay for my soft side"