Tanka Garden, a poem by Megan Denese Mealor at Spillwords.com
Joshua J. Cotten

Tanka Garden

Tanka Garden

written by: Megan Denese Mealor


Sweet William

loamy lovelorn leaves
cardinal five-petaled knives
guileless gallantry
entitling dukes, poets, saints
warpwise windowsill parade


Cabbage Roses

sprightly honey drifts
ruffled pastel peach bouquets
thin-lipped wallflowers
Van Gogh’s polemic palette
Renoir’s grandiloquent vase



escharotic leaves
disappointed cuckoo bees
ants erect tall tales
furled floodplain forestry
river cane sap basket weaves



reared in rich earth
rare mixed border hues
laid-back lenient landscapes
sudden sapphire spirea
new growth from necrotic noons


Dame’s Rocket

deceitful damask
rogue ornamental tinsel
shorn lavender claws
ireful inflorescence
roadside ditches wildflower


Shirley Poppy

impressionistic heartbeats
Victorian verbosity
papery picotee poise
smoky ruffled rays, dove grays
opalescent osmosis


Maiden Pink

Finnish canzonets
breezy electric crimson
tufted, stalkless, stark
reclusive roadsides, ridges
carmine banks of refugees


Red Firecracker Fern

jarred jewels xeriscape
limestone carmine cascade
dieback ceasefire freeze
photosynthetic fountains
dozing ruby rooftop eaves



blooming from bloodstains
ultramarine poison hue
robust rockery
Apollo’s acidic bouquet
reviving rhizome spring


Golden Rain Tree

canary illumine
well-behaved parkway branches
street gravel garden
three-paneled paper lanterns
foiling urban shame

Megan Denese Mealor

Megan Denese Mealor

Megan Denese Mealor is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She has authored three full-length poetry collections: "Bipolar Lexicon" (Unsolicited Press), "Blatherskite" (Clare Songbirds), and "A Mourning Dove's Wishbone". Her poetry and short stories have appeared in such publications as Digital Americana, Gone Lawn, The Furious Gazelle, Maudlin House, The Belleville Park Pages, A Long Story Short, Literally Stories, and Liquid Imagination. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her teens, Megan's main mission as a writer is to inspire others feeling stigmatized for their mental health. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Tony, son Jesse, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, and their sovereign cats Trigger and Lulu. Megan enjoys astrology, alligator farms, yoga, photography, and horror films.
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