Tanka – Mondaze 

Monday morning start

Yawning eye lids come apart

Splash water, restart 

Fill the caffeinated heart

Catch the train, time to depart 

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Tanka – The Train Tracks

Sprinting off the tracks

That spine tingling excitement

Makes you feel alive

Leaping at the last second

The metal grazes your heal


I will point out, this picture was taken minutes before the inspiration for this poem arose. It happened when we realized, by the yank of a whistle, we were seconds away from road kill. Not a bad way to kick off finals week.