At the writers' group, Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Grace has introduced us to another ancient Japanese poetry form, the Tanka, or "short poem"...a five-line poem with a clear division or turning point between the upper phrase and the lower phrase.
A Tanka should include yugen "a feeling both broad and deep, a subtle and profound atmosphere, and infinite tranquil space with lingering suggestiveness."
All of that in five lines? Yes, and Grace has also asked us to write three Tanka, while including a mysterious instruction about linking up with another poet.
day's sky clothed in grey
and night's sky clouded in black
give way to a dawn
of glorious enchantment
intoxicating the birds
day's sky wrapt in blue
bright birds soaring above green
who sighs, unable to fly
and weeps, being chained to Earth
Man, the envious,
accomplishes much on Earth:
now flies, dives and soars
while birds, who do not envy,
still sing to welcome the dawn.