NaPoWriMo #8: “Cherry”

Hi readers,

I’m starting to realise that my NaPoWriMos always look kind of the same – a few formal poems interspersed with long intervals of free verse. It’s been quite a few days without constraint… accordingly, time for some form! Today I’m returning to one of my favourites, the Japanese tanka. I experimented with this one last year as well… I hope you like it!


lipstick residue
ragged stencil of smooth kiss
clinging to cocktail
sugared crimson artifice
a maraschino cherry


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