Though reality Is often stark there is a Place where the Queen wears Creativity for a Crown and inspiration flows.
Alone in the dark She waited for the door to Open unsure of What stood on the other side But her heart open to it.
Our cries make them Tremble with the ground as it Quakes with silent strength Though pain may rack our lands We refuse to be silent.
Once in a circle The earth catches up to the Moon cloaking her in Its glowing red shadow then The cycle begins anew.
This is Jaya Avendel’s second feature with The Short of It. You can read her first here. Jaya lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she dips her pen into the inkwell of fantasy and prose. Often inspired by life in the forest around her, she writes atNin Chronicles.
I’d like to thank Prolific Press for publishing my tanka submission. What wonderful news to wake up! I’m grateful to Glenn Lyvers and the team at Prolific Press for including my work in this publication. Thanks so much for this! It puts a nice spin on an otherwise troubling time. If you are interested in purchasing this edition and/or the previous one I was published in, you can click the link below.