Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Room of My Own: Garden Fence Tanka

her sunflowers
bloom over the garden fence
my white neighbor's face
friendlier than the year
Trump was sworn in

Note: The tanka above is a sequel to my tanka prose  below:

Go back to where you came from
for George Grant, author of a Canadian classic, Lament for a Nation

Has the "Trump effect" spilled over the border to Canada? Today's headline makes me wonder if the editor tries to shelter his smugness behind this rhetorical question. The front page story reminds me of an Ontario judge who wore a “Make America Great Again” ball cap to court the day after the U.S. election. I put down the paper and look out the window.

the white fence
between my neighbor and me
one meter higher ...
the flowers I planted last year
struggle toward sunlight

Ribbons, 14:1, Winter 2018

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