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Tales for the Past

A Tanka response to Jen Kleinknecht’s never-ending poem challenge “Books”

Photo by Alfons Morales on Unsplash

Books gathering dust
One hundred ten years or more
Forgotten on shelves
Libraries are now empty
Technology stole from them.

Thank you for reading. J.

Thank you Jen Kleinknecht for this never-ending poem challenge “Books”

Here is Jen’s challenge-response…

And the man responsible for it all… Martin Rushton Here is the original challenge.

Now… In the tradition of the never-ending poem challenge I humbly request Titans of poetry Suryatapa benjamin weinberg Sydney Duke Richey Bob Jasper Ayasha Khan Martin Rushton to submit your piece using the word or a derivative of… the word… umm… no not… umm… err… not… err… ah!… no not that one… future, yeah the f-u-t-u-r-e. Thank you too much. J.

Guess what…
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the desire to write
that thoughts acquire speed, the mind acquires words,
words become Poetry. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
Frank Herbert and Me.



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James G Brennan

James G Brennan


Writes eclectic free verse poetry and is free to read. "Everything in life is writable about" Sylvia Plath.