May Snow — a tanka

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Snowflakes in the air
Hit the ground and disappear
For gosh sakes, it’s May!
Did they miss the spring memo?
Most unwelcome visitors

Trying not to feel bitter about their presence.

Working my way through the poetic forms in A Kick in the Head. Today, a tanka — syllable count 5-7-5-7-7

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Syracuse University — 1978

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What was the issue?
I’m trying to remember…
But the sky was blue
The temperature quite warm
University protest


I’ve participated in two protests.

One was during my freshman year at Syracuse University and I have absolutely no idea what we were protesting as we staged a sit-in in front of the Administration Building (now called the Tolley Building).