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Kathabela Wilson Prompt


(Yesterday, as we were arriving home from Japan, 

Gary gave the prompt “little surprises” 

I was surprised that it was Tuesday (again) 

and right in tune with the prompt. 

It was hard to see on my phone, 

while we were getting off the plane, 

and even later, what was “on top” of the stack of rocks 

in his picture. I had to ask. 

A little tree. So subtle and sweet.


It reminded me of many things we had seen 

on this journey and everyday life too. 


How what is on top of a building, 

a statue, 

a person’s head 

is important and there for a reason, 

sometimes accidental, 

often purposeful. 


Even when accidental, 

it often acquires meaning 

in the eye of the person looking. 


What is “on top” of you, 

your head, 

your house, 

something you see every day, 

something memorable in travels, 

or childhood, 

what does it mean 

and can the significance, 



importance come alive in your tanka?)

My response to the prompt:
perfect finish
summer picnic meal 
fresh watermelon 
the lucky one got the top piece 
a curlicue for garnish