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!

A Currency Lass

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This autumn
I collect currency—
in the shadow of gothic arches,
pile up towers of silver and gold.

I hoard them in the dash
or toss them into pouches;

two gold, one silver
for the tollway,
three smaller gold
for the parking metre.

As bank notes enter
my purse, I spin them into coin—riches
for a counterfeit poverty.

On the library steps
I search my book-laden bag
. . . more change for cappuccino.

The weight of the NAMES,
gilt-lettered on leather spines,
labelled on these locked office doors.

I clutch my empty purse,
my blank-lined page.

I still need two gold coins
and a silver for the trip home.

  Julie Thorndyke

Pool Party

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My dog jumped in
with a cheeky grin,
my duck flapped his wing
and began to sing.

My hen scratched the edge
paddling on the ledge,
my frog leapt with vim
and began to swim.

My cow with panache
made a fearful splash!

My horse galloped in
hoping for a win.

My cat gave a yowl
hiding in a towel:

so I found him a boat,
and a coat that will float
and a sea-going hat—
for an Admiral Cat.

Julie Thorndyke