KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 11: Spring 2019
Tanka Tale: 62 words [R]

The Proverbial Straw

by Harriot West

Everyone thought we were the perfect couple until suddenly we weren’t. And why? He wanted me to have lunch with his nephew. I wanted to watch the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

If only we’d paid attention that afternoon at the aquarium so many years ago.

by the slow rhythms
of starfish
he calls them arms
I call them tentacles


—First published in Haibun Today (Volume 9, Number 4, December 2015) and reprinted in the author’s second book, Shades of Absence; appears here with her permission

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