TANKA (Our Children Do Learn)


Sustainably cool

Bamboo Beatles drinking cups

From son Paladin

So glad he learned “green” from me

Earth’s renewability…


© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Bamboo gift from son Paladin



*scroll down for a Tom Petty video*

Entwined in DNA

Dreams refusing to die

Whether for




We will grow legs

And crawl out of the muck

We will align with the greenery

And face the sun

We will rev up the engine

And drive forevermore


Physical or mental

Brings us to the border

O, we must refuse to

Hover between fantasy

And the real


Those who dig the deepest

Wresting the treasure chest

From the Earth’s grasp

Those who claim the prize

Will inherit the future

The priciest double helix

To pass along

Singing the sacred song

Of a life well won…

© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: My son B. Michael’s car YouTube video Running Down a Dream (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)



Waking up singing

A song that I wrote,

No matter how basic

And unGrammy-like

It may be,

Is almost the

Ultimate high

For me

Eclipsed only by

The birth of my sons


C)Couldn’t bear the memories

(G)Just can’t face it, baby, without (Am)you…

(Chorus from SUBTROPICAL, W-I-P)


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: My “peace” tattoo concert ukulele