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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Kerry asked for tanka today

First things first: I am seldom a serious poet.

Secondly: the word tanka is not pronounced like tonka, but it's closer to that than to anything having to do with thanks or tanks. More like tahn-kah, rather than tawn-kuh.

Just thought I'd get that out of the way, in case any of my friends and relatives are reading this. Otherwise, I'm preaching to the choir, because this is posted for, and might only be read by members of the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, and for contributors whom my friend Fireblossom calls "toad roadies" (a name I just love, by the way, FB).

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"The 31 syllables divided into the units of 5/7/5/7/7 can create a poem, whether or not it is an English tanka," says Kerry, quoting Dr. Hisashi Nakamura’s Thoughts on Tanka at the Imaginary Garden.

So, here are my 31 syllables, suitably divided into a poem, whether or not it is an English tanka. 'Tis a poor thing, but mine own, to misquote The Bard.

Thanks for a challenging challenge, Kerry. My brain has been suffering from lack of use lately, so it needed some exercise. 

Photo by Richard Schear

some snow fell last night
enough to brighten, whiten
all that I could see.
as of tomorrow, the days
will be longer than today.
Kay Davies, December 21, 2013                                         

13 comments:

Sam Edge said...

Great snapshot winter in your area.

howanxious said...

Nice. A well crafted tanka.
-HA

Susan said...

And that too will be brighter.

Kay said...

This is an excellent tanka, Kay. It paints the picture in just a few important words.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a lovely personal observation of your winter garden, and it marks the solstice, the eventually turning and promise of Spring to come.

Susie Clevenger said...

A winter view on the shortest winter day...beautiful

Sumana Roy said...

love the cheerful end...nice Tanka

Joyful said...

Lovely and relevant tanka for the solstice. I like the photo of the hare or rabbit too. Merry Christmas to you, Richard and Lindy :-)

kaykuala said...

A White Christmas it's going to be. How lovely! Hot and rainy where we are! Nicely Kay!

Hank

Grace said...

I like the winter scene and hopefully the days will be longer again ~ Merry Christmas Kay ~

Marian said...

... and thank goodness for that!

Mama Zen said...

This is really well done, Kay.

ND Mitchell said...

Really liked the hopeful ending you bring here!