Postcard Tankas

Soft cherry blossom
front steely trusses of bridge –
wispy memory
Snow peak gleaming in sunrays
Trilliums blooming by lake.

Crisscrossing bridges
On the willamette, light rail
Traversing downtown
My heart laid naked ready
to receive love’s soft caress.

Notes: Day 16 NaPoWriMo 2016. Prompt was Almanac Questionnaire and one of the question was picture on your city’s postcard. Penned two tankas.

Fruits of Palmyra

Palmyra tree nut
under thin yellow streaked skin
lychee like jelly
smooth, mild, flavored fruit, zesty
sap turns heady in evening.

Palmyra City
Tomb of Saint Shabag, succumbed
Temple of Baal, too.
Heritage lost to conflict,
To twisted logic and hate.

Notes: Day 6 of NaPoWriMo prompt was to write about food.  Remembered the Palmyra tree fruit called taad-fali (in Gujarati), taadgola (in Marathi).  Wrote the first tanka on the fruit and thematically connected it to Syrian conflict, and destruction of the Palmyra heritage sites in the second.