KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 3: Spring 2015
Tanka, Linked Sequence: 109 words

Honey Extracts One Last Promise

by Thomas F. Sheehan
This is what she said:
“Don’t stop what you are doing.
Don’t chase after me 
in a hurry; find someone 
to talk understand?”

On the couch near me
linked to a large canister 
of oxygen, survival
measured not in days but hours,
she pulled petals from their roots,

stripped new buds from limbs,
turned this old world on its ears,
made release a vow
holy as the Earth itself,
turned the key in manacles.

A faint, final smile
added words she did not say,
soft lips made no sound,
blue eyes summoned a sermon
I heard in deep heart’s encore.

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