Every third Tuesday of the month, author Colleen Chesebro invites writers to respond to a photo prompt for their Tanka poem. Author Anita Dawes provided the one below. If you don't know Anita, please consider visiting her blog site. She's an extraordinary poet.
When I saw the photo, I was brought back to my childhood. My father grew up during the great Dust Bowl, and he'd often share stories. As frightening as these stories were, I was also entranced by the courage and determination of the people. Severe poverty and the unrelenting winds of dust left them bereft of all that we consider essential to life.
My Tanka poem (5-7-5-7-7 syllables) is simply called THE DUST BOWL.