Poetry Friday: Summer tanka

Hard for me to believe, but this post was originally published FIVE years ago, in July 2014, before I had seen my first children’s poem in an anthology (“Lullaby & Kisses Sweet” (Abrams, 2015), to be precise). Now, this week, I have a poem in a brand-new anthology! I was watering the window boxes the other day and thought it might be nice to brush off this little tanka and share it again…I hope you like it!)



Window Box graphic
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35 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Summer tanka

  1. margaretsmn

    Nice tanka (love the picture too), but I can only imagine having a frost in September. September is one of our warmest months in the deep south.


    1. Thanks, Margaret. I remember back when we moved to Nashville, we had already had our first frost up here (mid-September), but when we got to Tennessee the daytime temps were still in the ’90s!


  2. I am kind of a “rainbow killer”…that sounds harsh, doesn’t it? I mean, I just don’t have a green thumb! And yes, the first frost can come pretty early here in Maine, too! Not looking forward to it at all.
    Loved “rainbow at my fingertips” though!


  3. As we start summer here on Long Island, it is hard to imagine frost in September. Nonetheless, your poem is lovely with its beautiful visual behind and inside the words: “rainbow at my fingertips and “first frost closes the shade.” Matt, may I add this to my #EmbraceableSummer collection? It shares a different perspective on summer.


      1. haitiruth

        Matt, did you see my post today is about Donald Hall? I followed a trail started by a video I’d seen on Facebook, and then read a bunch of his poetry, but I’m sure that one of the reasons I clicked on that video was because I subconsciously remembered your poem in the anthology inspired by him. I really enjoyed reading his work this week. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com


  4. Love your tanka, Matt, and that “rainbow” of colors. You had me double checking when the average first frost hits here (in Maine). I was relieved to see it’s in October. Phew!


  5. Michelle Kogan

    Hoping that first frost is a long way off, but I’ll take all that warn sun beaming down on the window box flowers for now–lovely, thanks Matt!


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