Tanka published online in the Mooninkanthology 2020

liVe and loVe

for eVery moment


is as fleeting as

seawater bubbles

dock spiders

an array of webs grace

the boat rails

each pattern collecting

droplets of ocean dew

signs of new life

sequestered way down deep

in the woodpile

with a roof oVer their heads

the chipmunk and her babies

from a planter

outside the Vet's office

I pinched some dirt

one more old soul added 

to our family urn

hungry Voices

of nestling swallows waft

from the cliffs

beaks eager to be fed

and parenting begins