Blue Moon

blue moon brings with her

an early taste of autumn

fog clings to the lake

the surrounding forest stills

one tiny yellow leaf falls


finally this fierce

move-making, body-using, heart-

breaking, change-forcing

summer begins to let go

giving way to something new




(tanka format)




Blue moon

Of August

Brings with her an

Early taste of fall, fog clings to the now

Cooling surface of the lake, woods quiets

First tiny leaf

Flutters down.






(tetractys format)



In my poetry class we are learning different structures for our writing.  These two poems use the same experience interpreted in the two distinct formats of tanka and tetractys.  

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