Three Tanka – Karen O’Leary

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on his knees,
the monk scrubs
out the confessional—
his penance
with prayer

____________

the director
misses final curtain call—
missing reporters too
her husband on hand
to whisk her away

____________

tracing the crack
in the blue china cup…
a family heirloom
her grandson heedless
of the no ball rule

About the contributor: Karen O’Leary is a writer and editor from West Fargo, ND. She has published poetry, short stories, and articles in a variety of venues including, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, bear creek haiku, Shemom, Creative Inspirations and NeverEnding Story. She edited an international online journal called Whispers for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing the gift of words.

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