The dying give voice, Spring brings forth new blooms
In the day to day of life, Thriving on summer’s promise
When we lose our joy, Sometimes the boughs break
The soul is where we die first, So frail in the autumn’s wind
Long before our cold body, Leaves memories for winter
National Poetry Month for 2021 Day 22 gives me a Super Tanka
The Tanka is the name of an ancient form of Japanese poetry. Tanka are 31-syllable poems that have been the most popular form of poetry in Japan for at least 1300 years. In Japan, the Tanka is usually written as a straight line of characters, but in English and other Western languages, it is usually divided into five lines, with a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7.
The key to the Super Tanka form is that it is two Tanka side-by-side. Each can be read independently, but must work together as a whole, in the end creating three works. The more different in idea of one Tanka from the other, the better.
This work is MAGIC. Reading through this multiple times for each layer just strengthens each bit of it: the body/soul connection, the travel through the seasons, the metaphor of one for the other. This is masterful.
Why thank you Lainie! I do enjoy Tanka / Super Tanka.