Thursday, March 19, 2015

DMC: "Invasion" by Kristi Veitenheimer


"TINK" on the fireplace
lured me to the living room
glass vase overturned
horrified to spy possum
boldly invading my space

When Kristi first sent this in, I told her I needed to know how the story ends.  
How thoughtful of her to send in this tanka sequel:

made a barricade
broom thrust into hissing face
frightful bared teeth
no room here for both of us
trespasser ushered outside

© 2015 Kristi Dee Veitenheimer. All rights reserved.

Margarita Engle has challenged us to write a tanka this month. She suggests we think of it as a five-line travel diary about a subject of our choice. Click HERE for more details.

Send your tanka to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com, or use the contact form in the sidebar to the right. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on March 27th. One lucky participant will win an autographed copy of Margarita's delightful new picture book:


  1. I think you should write a picture book about this brazen possum, Kristi. I bet he could get into all sorts of fun mischief!

    1. Actually, Michelle, that's not a bad idea at all! And thanks for featuring my tanka. I loved writing them, and I still get chills and thrills every time I see my poems on your site!

  2. This sounds like double trouble with a possum. Very cute.

  3. Thanks for your adventure and story Tanka Kristi! You created a delightful romp out of great havoc.