Tanka

Dreaming of that day
When the world slows its spinning
Long enough to see
Own incredible beauty
All human souls rejoicing.

Elizabeth Crawford 5/29/2021

Notes: Got a notice that KT had put up a new poem. Went to see. It was a Tanka and she explained it’s origins and structure. Had to try it. “(Note: A tanka is a form of Japanese poetry made up of 5 lines containing 31 syllables. The 1st line has 5 syllables; 2nd, 7 syllables; 3rd , 5 syllables; 4th , 7 syllables; 5th, 7syllables. It can have any theme.)”KT’s site may be found here:
https://ktworkmancom.wordpress.com/2021/05/29/tanka-1/

Image is one of my designs, made with the kaleidoscope app and colored by me.


About 1sojournal

Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here: https://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/ http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/
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4 Responses to Tanka

  1. KT Workman says:

    I love your Tanka, Elizabeth…much more hopeful than mine. To me, the world just turns faster and faster, pulling in more chaos to circle us endlessly. If the world could only return to a simpler time, I think our collective mental health would be much improved. 💙

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  2. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you, KT, but I’m going to disagree. First about our two very different pieces of writing. Mine is just a basic sort of dream, while yours is very definitive and filled with deliberate actions by two distinctively different creatures. Mine is simply a wish, while yours is a clear example of possibilities. I was far more involved in counting the syllables than in bringing about a certain level of understanding.
    What’s more, it reminds me of the first night I taught at the University. And by the way, I didn’t have any teaching credentials.. I was invited to teach because my name had been splashed across all forms of the news because I was involved in a Grammy Nomination. The class I was teaching was entitled ” Connecting With Your Creativity”. I had asked those students to write out their own personal definition of Creativity. And was very aware of the young woman sitting next to me as she fidgeted and sighed while doing the writing. The first thing out of her mouth, when it was her turn to read was, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body..”
    I simply told her that perhaps her definition of Creativity was a bit narrow. Then gave her an example of a woman, putting her kids to bed each night, settling them down by telling them a story, using their names for the characters. Then the entire class joined in, as each individual gave an example of creativity from their own experiences. Two weeks later, that same young woman handed around a petition to have me teach a second class and got signatures from everyone in attendance. And I was teaching my second class in that same semester.

    Elizabeth

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  3. KT Workman says:

    Yes, I agree, there are different ways to be creative. I have nephew who is an excellent storyteller, but can’t seem to get the words to paper. His children, when small, loved story time. He created elaborate worlds populated with fantastical creatures, and his children, now grown, have wonderful memories of his stories.

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  4. 1sojournal says:

    Oh, KT, I hope at least one of them writes them down, or passes them on to you and you can write them out. We so need good stories to help us understand and to learn how to truly care.

    Elizabeth

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