Cold Wet Night (a tanka)

Cold Wet Night
A Tanka

Rain on the trailer
Beating down its dismal song
Drop, by cold, wet, drop

A monotonous rhythm
Driving home … the loneliness

© Ken Chawkin

Published in This Enduring Gift – A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry, 2010. See my other published poems in that book.

This poem was written in the presence of my muse, Sally Peden (Sali), as I was demonstrating to her how easy it was to write a haiku, which extended to this tanka. It tells the story of what was happening at the time. It was a very blissful process. Nothing depressing or lonely about it. I just selected the words that best conveyed such an image and accompanying mood.

2 Responses to “Cold Wet Night (a tanka)”

  1. Celebrating Poetry Month with one of my poems, Poetry—The Art of the Voice, and what inspired it | The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] me to refine it even more, taking it to the intended level. He published it, five haiku, and a tanka, and later selected it as POEM OF THE DAY: Poetry – The Art of the Voice, by […]


  2. Ken Chawkin Says:

    About 6 years later I wrote this short 4-line Teapot Poem. Scroll down to Responses, the 5th one, to read how this poem came about.


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