City Tanka

City in a hill
hustle bustle back and forth
busily trekking
across sidewalk cracks and squares.
Ants peril, old shuffling feet.

It’s Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Jill asks us to write a poem about a city, town or village. Can be imaginary or real. Did you know there are actually ants called pavement ants? Also posted for day 10, Napowrimo.

 

28 thoughts on “City Tanka

    • lillian April 11, 2018 / 9:07 am

      Hah! You are so clever. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

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  1. jillys2016 April 10, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Unique among city poems – a city of ants living and thriving at our toes. (and I just read Charley’s comment above – wahahaha!) Bravo, Lillian! (Watch your step)

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    • lillian April 11, 2018 / 9:07 am

      I always used to hate the ant hills on the sidewalks when I was young. They took up space from my hopscotch drawing! 🙂

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      • jillys2016 April 11, 2018 / 9:37 am

        Don’t tell anyone, but when we go walking in the evening and come across a hopscotch… I grab a rock and play!

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  2. Grace April 10, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Have to be careful of those “city in the hill” ~ Unique response Lillian ~

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    • lillian April 11, 2018 / 9:08 am

      Yup….these are a city IN a hill rather than a city on a hill! 🙂

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  3. Gospel Isosceles April 11, 2018 / 4:00 am

    I like how you bring scale and perspective to natural disasters. Actually I get this dull sense of impending dread while living in a city (not visiting) as there is so much to which I’m helpless and that I’m just one more ant in the anthill.

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    • lillian April 11, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Ah, now that’s an interesting reply….to have us be the ants on the hill! All that hustle and bustle.

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  4. Jo Aylard April 11, 2018 / 7:18 am

    I love your take on the prompt. Well done!

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    • lillian April 12, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Not proud to say that when I was a little kid, I would deliberate scuff at them to see the ants all scurry around. Fortunately, I’ve turned into a much more thoughtful person! 🙂

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  5. Waltermarks April 11, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Those pesky ants. It is an uphill battle, but at last the ants are winning. I’ll actually be glad when Spring ends and they return home. Thanks for giving them a platform

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    • lillian April 12, 2018 / 2:45 pm

      They do indeed….and as long as these tiny critters stay outside, I’m a happy camper 😉

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    • lillian April 12, 2018 / 2:45 pm

      Yep — just keep ’em outside and away from the kitchen! 🙂

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      • memadtwo April 13, 2018 / 9:26 am

        Oh, they like my kitchen too. In the spring they march in like they own the place…

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