Words Like Wine (Four Tanka)

I.

now she turns away
taking the wheel in her grasp
her lips are frozen
actions cannot be undone
save your words for the road back

II.

against the blackboard
the schoolmaster stands rigid
not realizing
the most crucial of all things
are what books cannot impress

III.

at the bar counter
the bottle in his tired hands
not recognizing
his reflection in the glass
the mirror of past mistakes

IV.

dusty and moldy
the pages flip open with
the sound of bird wings
ready to fly once again
i drink the words in like wine

© 2008 Andrew David King

Words Like Wine (Four Tanka)

andrewdavidking

Joined January 2008

  • Artist
    Notes
  • Artwork Comments 1

Artist's Description

This poem consists of four tanka, written in the traditional Japanese form, a pattern of syllables by line: 5-7-5-7-7.

Artwork Comments

  • Reiana
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.