TANKA: A Japanese Poetry Form

I recently began to try my hand at Tanka, an ancient, traditional form of Japanese Poetry, I hope you enjoy.

HOPE TANKA

Evidence of life
In the bleak forlorn seasons
Often reminds me
That although hardships appear
Winter always turns to spring

UNIVERSAL LAW

Universal Law
Duality in all things
This Law governs all
I accept this golden truth
The choice ultimately mine

Courageous Participation Tanka

Tremendous power
Surging magnificently
I find the rhythm
Wholeheartedly courageous
Participating in life

CIVILIZATION TANKA

Civilization
Never quite victorious
Realization
I am only a small part
In the Universal scheme

RAINDANCE TANKA

Ballroom of nature
Raindrops fall in her rhythm
Disco rainbow light
The music beckoning me
Celebrating creation

INFINITE CHANGE TANKA

Moving unfettered
Infinite change manifest
Life’s only purpose
An unending catalyst
Profound is cause and effect

LIGHTENING TANKA

Energy Cascades
Curtaining the sky brightly
Insignificant I
Who stands awed, diminished
I am in thrall, ego-less

UNMOVED BY STORM TANKA

Storm of life blowing
Waters rise dangerously
sufferring life seas
growing stonger and unmoved
amidst the ravaging storms

8 WINDS TANKA

Disgrace, Honor, Praise
Censure , Suffering, Pleasure
The eight winds of life
Prosperity and decline
Battered about endlessly

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    • Tracey says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by my website. I hope that you enjoyed it and I would appreciate your coming back again. Please feel free to stop by at anytime. I’m adding a translator soon to help make it easier for to enjoy the work on my sight. Again, thank you, you are deeply appreciated. -Tracey

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