“On a tree” by Gary R. Hess – A Tanka Poem from ‘Japanese Poetry: For the Love of Haiku and Tanka’

On a tree,
in summer, lands
a bluejay.
He flies off,
alone. Helpless.

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“On a tree” is taken from “Japanese Poetry: For the Love of Haiku and Tanka” (Bright Dreams Journal Book 5)
Copyright 2015.

This poem is written in the poetic form Tanka.

Gary R. Hess

Gary was born and raised on a small farm in rural Kansas. Today, he is teaching various nationalities English in Southeast Asia.

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