© 2017 by Elizabeth Odders-White

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in honor of the first day of school...

Both of my kids started school today (one a senior in high school and the other a junior in college), so in honor, I'm posting two poems on the back-to-school theme.  I think that they form bookends of sorts.  The first is not a haiku, but a tanka, a similar Japanese form with 5 lines of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables.  I hope you enjoy them.  :)


off to school: a tanka 


Little bags of cheese,

Shredded of course, with Goldfish,

And salami, sliced.

Three-year-old hands grip a Toy

Story lunch box. So grown up.


off to college: a haiku


Even his bed?  Gone?

Tricky thing, this letting go.

Shattering success.

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