The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. Tanka poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions. This form of poetry dates back almost 1200 years ago.
Oh, Lord. Now that’s livin'…
The chasm into the abyss is unsealed,
something divine—fourfold remembrance:
taking blessing breaking sharing
I walk through my town and the palpating segments sliced into the fabric of our humanity are on full display…
the unknotting of oneself from this thing we call Tierra is an
alluring endeavor—a far off untouchable fantasy or nightmare
A poem I wrote reflecting on Gratitude.