A Winter Ginko

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It was a wabi-sabi sort of day last weekend, when I met with poetry friends for a garden ginko. We took some time to slow down, walk around a winter garden, and notice the textures of foliage, stone and wood.

Camellias, jonquils, and other rarer blooms we couldn’t name were there for the keen-eyed poet to discover.

In these moments of reflection, we may have also learnt something about ourselves.

stone tubs
that once held the weekly wash
now cradle spring bulbs
. . . each day I find
a new skill to master

© Julie Thorndyke

A Tanka Huddle Christmas

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The colours and sounds of Christmas in Australia!

Twelve pages of original seasonal tanka poetry written as light-hearted group exercises in the lead-up to Christmas 2014 and 2015 by:

Anne Benjamin
Laura Davis
Beverley George
Yvonne Hales
Anne Howard
Marilyn Humbert
Carmel Summers
David Terelinck
Julie Thorndyke

now gathered in a chapbook for sharing with family and friends.

May be used as a Christmas card.

$8.00 per chapbook or pack of 4 for $20.00

For your copy, please contact me at j.thorndyke@bigpond.com

Ripples in the Sand

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a slink of silk
a flicker of flame
dark windows
guard our secrets
on the orient express
 
                    Julie Thorndyke
 

not Manet’s
girl at the bar …
my reflection
absorbed in private follies
sips peppermint tea

                    Julie Thorndyke

Thank you Jenny Ward Angyal and Susan Constable for including these poems in the
TSA Members’ Anthology 2016  Ripples in the Sand. And what a lovely cover image by Carole MacRury!

Sydney Variations

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a snail shell
of grey concrete
round and round
this underground car park
on our way to the theatre

ferries rock
over gleaming waters…
when I was a child
pointed iron posts
lined this green sea-wall

people—
all colours and shapes—
our guessing game
who is local
who is sightseeing

peach savarin
with mascarpone
a last sip of wine—
these are compensations
for the grey hair we wear

brown curls
bounce above the cello
such a young frame
holding all that
polished mahogany

an oboe held
by a man, coy of smile,
neat of beard—
I’d like to share
a laugh with him

a handshake
with first violin—
the conductor’s fingers
dart and leap, a bird
making music from the air

hip-hop booms
along the lower concourse
this feeling
that ancient hordes
are at the gates of Rome

in a red rattler
my mother pointed out
the new opera house site—
all those years ago
when Sydney was ordinary

© Julie Thorndyke

The Last Day Before Snow

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This evocative  photograph is the cover of a new collaborative tanka project                             by innovative tanka poet Carmel Summers.

The last day before snow is a ground-breaking anthology of responsive poetry.

One tanka…how many possibilities?

 

Gemstones

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So happy to be one of the poets Anne Benjamin invited to write with her in this new collaborative tanka project, along with Jan Foster, Claire Everett, Marilyn Humbert, Patrica Prime, Luminita Suse and Carmel Summers. The mystical cover image is by Luminta Suse.

one candle lit
to warm my small world
… in each corner
benign shadows soften
the edges of heartbreak

                       © Julie Thorndyke           Gemstones  p.49

Gemstones: collaborative tanka by Anne Benjamin and friends.
Skylark Publishing, 2016.
ISBN-13: 978-1530574889
Available via Amazon

 

 

Tanka for a Rainy Day

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as for me, I am
content to live quietly—
as the rain
drips into small puddles
and glints in the sun

© Julie Thorndyke

first published in Yellow Moon 18 Summer 2005 p.13

Yellow Moon was a literary magazine 1997-2006 that helped many writers discover poetry, particularly short forms. I was fortunate to learn with and be encouraged by that community of poets under the leadership of Beverley George.