( a Rensaku = linked Tanka )


before Corona,
Mother had stepped out of time
just before morning,

and into eternity—
It was brief, but beautiful


her journey blessed me,
and taught me about heaven;
I knew she was there

with the sunrise at her back,
and I’ll miss her till we meet


I, unplanned, arrived
when her first 2 daughters
were young women,

and so our parents began
to start all over again


free as a sparrow—
as a child I felt airborne
in the semi-arid

foothills overlooking
the valley sage and gullies


I was age three when
for my first flight with mother
and my fabric doll

on a local coastal trip,
hidden for a few minutes


The plane leveled off—
my face against the portal,
slowly through the clouds

angels flickered in their flight,
“I’m in heaven!” as I smiled


too soon, it was time—  
trips on 4-engine prop planes
can’t last forever

it was brief, but beautiful,
while I have come full circle

Written by Jade-Pandora (jade tiger)
Published | Edited 19th Sep 2020
Author's Note
For Faith’s “Brief But Beautiful”.
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