Nine Hundred Tanka

Nine Hundred Tanka

Nine Hundred Tanka


Some poems are born here

in poverty and cold snow

nine hundred Tanka

nirvana being a goal

to find peace in misery.


These volatile clouds

hung in the light blue of East

the geese begin flight

up above chilly horse barn

a cow in pasture rubbing horns.


Old foliage rots

is washed away by the rain

only green fern grows

as water washes away

the remaining detritus.


Refractive forest

to walk frozen rutted roads

deliver message

of rain crackle on tin plates

a blue and green afternoon.


At edge of fire pit

the wild Parsley and Clover

green near White Birch flame

picture blue on porcelain

of small hot soft explosion.



On a lonely stretch

this drought causes poor fishing

follow the pale sun

sand of a dried up river

faint call of some unknown bird.


Arc ash steel image

thawing, freezing, and thawing

extremely cold blue

only thing we can rely on

treetops swing as they tremble.


Blue smoke of breakfast

one falling shaft of sunlight

vault of a temple

birds fly over every hill

the world was chilly and dark.


Sparrows at the fork

to branch into the Pine Boughs

center of forest

animals long for the woods

they travel terribly far.


Sometimes coiled in clouds

winds whistle over the grass

in Wildrose and leaf

blossom glowing in the sun

single blue Honeysuckle.



A malachite sky

the stiff gloom of the Walnut

some shade from Willow

on the edge a roadside tree

shiver of odors in heat.


Smokey valley haze

layers of first hot day

after storm and rain

pitch glistens on the Pine Cones

insects swarm rock and meadow.


Bird wings cut through blue

their eyesight becomes a net

this whole double scene

Squirrel rustles in Bamboo

Lizard navigating sun.


Hill behind the creek

a barely rising black smoke

burning out the field

pleasant enough light at night

when one comes home exhausted.


No real memory

of every detail of day

nine hundred tanka

a higher purpose in mind

trying to find inner peace.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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