5. Space and TimeWhen a tanka has words associated with both space and time, it creates a three dimensional poetry world where suggestiveness lingers.
Stifled by the air
Laden with the rusty dust
Of the passing years,
The dead cranes in the shipyard
Idly dangle their cables.
Under my bare feet
I feel the fine grain of wood
Of the temple floor.
The shadow of ancient eaves
Falls upon me as I pass.
6 Finding Something in an Ordinary Daily SceneIt is not necessary to struggle to find a theme about which you compose tanka. When your mind is at peace things surrounding you come into your mind to create poetry.
The stillness and warmth
Of the autumn day embrace
The wandering bee.
As the evening rays weaken
His shadow melts into the stone.
7 Fusing My Mind with NatureI often feel that I find my feelings in nature and nature reflects myself as if nature and myself fuse together. This experience creates tanka which may be very personal and may not be appreciated by many people.
Now the spring rain falls
Day after day in silence
Over the wild moors,
Healing the wounds of the soul,
Seeping deep into the earth.
A red poppy field
In a sea of June sunlight
Under a blank sky;
From the cool innocent earth
Long gone wounded souls seep out.
Our challenge: Let us try to bring together all we have learnt about tanka these last few months. You may link as many tanka as you like, either separately or in the same post.
All poems featured are © Hisashi Nakamura 2013 (Printed with permission)
I take this opportunity to thank Dr Nakamura, on behalf of all members and followers of The Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, for his unstinting generosity in sharing his expertise with us. Such encouragement is invaluable.
Autumn Pagoda: photo credit: terratrekking via photopin cc
City Deer: photo credit: Richard.Fisher via photopin cc
Cranes: photo credit: wildphotons via photopin cc