Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tanka, a Photo and a Haiku

This week, for obvious reasons, I decided to turn my hand to writing haiku and tanka.  A challenge which I quickly found fun and somewhat addictive!  I expect I'll be further exploring this form.  So, in honour of World Poetry Day, and with thoughts of Japan never far from my mind, I offer up the following.

inert we watch news
drowning in waves of anguish
’til ideas dawn
first whisper, then shout, a book
galvanized, New Sun Rising

an ancient culture
flows into charity book
see, smell, hear, taste, touch
capture tradition, rejoice
Japanese essence abounds


here in London streets
Japanese cherry blossoms
glimmering moon shared