Night Travels


beneath a blanket
of a star-filled sky

my heart soars

on a spotlight
of moonbeams

P. Wanken

Written for Poetic Asides 10th Annual Poem A Day Challenge – Day 10


Cheating slightly to catch up, this is a mash-up of the “Travel” and “anti-form” prompts from Days 10 & 11.


A Lover’s Flight

Photo Credit: Arja Kiki Kivi

Photo Credit; Arja Kiki Kivi

soaring as if on eagle’s wings
I rise above the clouded sky ~
the sun’s warm rays penetrate me
 my lover’s wanting gaze

P. Wanken 


Posted for 100 Days of Summer 2014 (Facebook Group): 12 ~ Yellow.  Also posted for Micro Poetry: Ryuka, another Japanese poetry form.


Author’s Note: 
Thank you to fellow challenge contributor, Arja Kiki Kivi, for letting me use your photo for my poem.

Setting My Sights On Seeing


~ July 29, 1981 ~

From a small Iowa farmhouse
I watched, with the entire world,
as princess pageantry

played out on my TV screen.
The walls of that living room
seemed to be non-existent

as borders and oceans
were removed, and I traveled
to England…for the first time.

P. Wanken

Written for Poetic Bloomings Prompt #80 (Memoir Project – Part #15): The Big Event

Making History



Rural Iowa living meant spending a lot of time in relative isolation. Six miles of gravel road to the nearest town (population: 450); forty-five miles to the nearest mall–and McDonald’s. This meant almost any trip off the farm was, indeed, a trip. Yet, every summer we anticipated that coveted week away. We visited what was in driving distance—Paul Bunyan State Forest and the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota; the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota; the Wisconsin Dells; and points all across Iowa. History was learned. And made. These trips were some of the best days of my childhood.

passage of time ~
family vacations can be

P. Wanken

Written for Poetic Bloomings Prompt #76 (Memoir Project – Part #11): Road Trip