Tanka on Sky

For the stargazers: the Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26 each year. And the sky has presented us with endless fascination since the beginning of time, through Pythagoras, Galileo, Tycho, Newton, down to today and the Hubble telescope, lunar and solar eclipses …


sky leaned down                                 
this morning
kissed the earth
and wept
while no one watched

she curled
around a hill-top
clung to crags
and folded herself
about grazing sheep

then wound beams
of blue ribbons
tied her hair
with white bows
and smiled

published in Time of Singing


my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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4 Responses to Tanka on Sky

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    Learned about tankas this morning; Appreciating so much the sky in BC and your poetic descriptions, so real!.

  2. oldpyjamas says:

    I particularly like this poem. Hope you are well!! Diana >

  3. All’s well here, good to hear from you. All the best, Joanna

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