Tanya McDonald

Woodinville, Washington
Tanya McDonald started writing haiku in the mid-1990s at Linfield College where she could be found surreptitiously counting out the syllables on her fingers in literature classes. A native Oregonian, she now resides in Woodinville with her husband, their cat, and a ridiculous number of books. She has been a member of Haiku Northwest since 2008. When she’s not composing haiku on buses or on walks, she is working on her urban fantasy novel. Her poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Bottle Rockets, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, Dwarf Stars 2010, Where the Wind Turns: The 2009 Red Moon Anthology, and Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends. Tanya has served as regional coordinator for the Washington State region of the Haiku Society of America.
sunlit marmalade
she tells me the plan
for her ashes

Jedi mind trick—
the bus driver doesn’t ask
for my transfer slip

nature talk—
she erases native peoples
from the chalkboard

we leave the mistletoe up
a little longer

child’s tea party—
I accept a second helping
of cherry blossoms

expectant father
the tender way he holds
his comic book

the junkyard crane
grabs another car—
wind-tossed poppies

lights out—
a star falls
behind the dresser

missed bus—
the ditch full
of forget-me-nots

deer fern—
my mascaraed lashes
capture a bug

seeds blow back at me
as I wish
on a dandelion head—
the lilt of his accent
that autumn night

all our differences
full moon