Morning Tanka

1. The dark mountains sigh Hunched backs aching And the purple skies moan Spitting ruthless winds And coughing throaty thunder
2. Today the strong, grassy shoulders Of the earth Are too tired To life the sun So we sink back into a foggy sleep
3. The Japanese maple Seems somber today Fiery red soul Subdued By the quiet morning fog
Jennie Rose Goodkin, age 14 Bellevue, Washington Lakeside Middle School Teacher: Susan Mortensen