Cherry Blossoms

cherry blossoms
mother remembers
my name

Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu

April 2017

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Falling in Love……With Tanka

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in the courtyard
at the nursing home
day lilies open
my mother wonders, again
what season it is

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june evening
a white-throated sparrow sings
my father’s whistle
calling me home for dinner
I’m eight again

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in the garden
the gentle sound 
of cooing doves
my body leans into
the dawn music

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somewhere
between sunrise
and the heart
 words rise up – teetering
on the edge of a poem

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long married
our conversation 
 happens
in the heart space
where no words are needed

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dove song
on the breeze
my desire
a morning scented rose
for you

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I have fallen in love with tanka and the sudden expansiveness of five lines after writing tight little haiku for so long.  I like being able to put a bit of emotion into the poem too.  These are a few I’ve written in the past month or so. What do you think?

Here is a link about getting started with tanka: Tanka On Line

I’m learning about tanka on a facebook page called ‘Tanka Poets On Site,’ where one can find wonderful poems and prompts written by many outstanding poets.

Bitter

Kikaku’s poem to honor his master Basho, who had just died is filled with symbolism.  To a Westerner, these symbols are not always apparent.  To learn the history of Kikaku’s poem, go to Carpe Diem where Kristjaan Pannemann has written a detailed explanation.  I have attempted to imitate Kikaku’s use of symbols  to convey a deeper meaning in my poem.

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 last gingko leaf 

              the snowy owl watching

  this bitter winter

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©2013 WabiSabi

For Carpe Diem ‘ Kikaku – white crane’

How I wish to call
A white crane from Fukei,
But for this cold rain.
                 Kikaku