anniversary tanka

by Jim Benz

every night for weeks
you labored over white silk
as your belly grew
now, twenty two years later
your face still wears the same smile


Author's Note: included as part of a Dance/Spokenword/Music performance at Bloomington Art Center

Posted on 04/18/2006
Copyright © 2022 Jim Benz

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 04/18/06 at 02:17 AM

Holy smokes, Jim...this is quite the keeper, alright. Congrats on the words, and the years!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/18/06 at 02:19 AM

Such a loving observation marrying past and present.

Posted by Peter Humphreys on 04/18/06 at 07:38 AM

This is a love song as beautiful as white silk. Thank you, Jim.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 04/18/06 at 11:08 AM

Short, but sweet. This says so much in so few wirds. Lovely!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/18/06 at 03:43 PM

Oh how pure silk of love, Jim! How beautiful these few and simple words...you are poetry.

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 04/21/06 at 04:51 PM

A beautiful tribute to a companion.

Posted by Rula Shin on 04/21/06 at 04:59 PM

And though words lack the depth of this meaningful relationship, here you have done it justice through them. Beautiful.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/07/07 at 01:27 PM

Amazingly simple, yet so profound!

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