Dreaming Awake (a somonka poem)


I woke to the rain
lonely in the bed we share.
Thunder asked questions
as I lay dreaming, awake.
Was it raining for you, too?
I’ll share a secret:
it rains now, in all my dreams
I find you there, too–
wrapped in sheets where storms are made,
rain soaked and smiling with me.
The somonka is a Japanese form. In fact, it’s basically two tankas written as two love letters to each other (one tanka per love letter). This form usually demands two authors, but it is possible to have a poet take on two personas. Click here for a refresher on the tanka.
“For today’s prompt, write a secret poem. The poem itself could be a secret, or it could be about keeping secrets or, I suppose, not keeping them. Or maybe it’s about a top secret project, or the poem is a riddle with some sort of secret meaning. Or, well, I’ll let you figure out how best to poem secretively.”