This photo was taken under a bridge on the frozen Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Every winter, there are art installations along the river skating trail. This one caught my attention because it reminded me of a gravestone, and of the time a crow shattered my window, losing its life in the process. The raven is symbolic in many cultures, and the tanka represents the way chronically ill people (myself included) often try to hide their infirmities (“pretending to be sky”) to avoid making others feel uncomfortable. This tanka gained 3rd Place, 2020 San Francisco International Tanka Competition.
Bio and Links
is an internationally published short-form poet, haiga artist, and photographer whose creative practice helps to distract her from chronic illness. Thousands of her works have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide. Please visit her archive at debbiemstrange.blogspot.com for further information.
So many times, I tilted,
learned to light candles
to banish the dark,
now my child is perched
on the edge of a pit,
I throw in wicks,
but they have nothing
to light them with.
Giving Up the smooch:
Venomous snakes conjured up in my mind
from my anxieties, frustrations, and negativities.
They slithered in my nerves.
They threatened me with their hissing sounds and flickering tongues.
I begged for emotional support
but all I got in return was
empathy as frozen as Tundra.
They tied me in a gnarly knot and bit and swallowed my stimulus.
I am now like an old plaster crumbled from a wall
about to smooch the death willingly.
But I know after this smooth, I can never smooch
So, from now on, I will keep on
my emotional state
in my diaries
till my creator doesn’t
take me away with him.
© Spriha Kant
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is a writer and poet living in the UK. Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatling and subscribe to Sue’s blog about poetry and bees at suewatling.com
developed an interest in reading and writing poetries at a very tender age. Her poetry “The Seashell” was first published online in the “Imaginary Land Stories” on August 8, 2020, by Sunmeet Singh. She has been a part of Stuart Matthew’s anthology “Sing, Do the birds of Spring” in the fourth series of books
from #InstantEternal poetry prompts. She has been featured in the Bob Dylan inspired anthology “Hard Rain Poetry: Forever Dylan” by the founder and editor of the website Fevers of the Mind “David L O’ Nan”. Her poetries have been published in the anthology “Bare Bones Writing Issue 1: Fevers of the Mind”. She
has been featured in the “Synergy: Calling all Writers who are photographers” on the blog “The Wombwell Rainbow” run by Paul Brookes.