#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #Specificform: #Tanka #Prose

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our poem as tanka prose. Learning how to write specific forms, like tanka prose, stretches what we keep in our creative toolbox.

Happy Labor Day weekend here in the United States. This is usually our last hurrah for summer here in Michigan. The maple trees are turning, and there is a bit of a chill in the air. I hope everyone stayed safe! We’re going to BBQ today, so I’m looking forward to that.

But let’s talk tanka… tanka prose!

We typically write tanka prose in the 5-7-5-7-7 or a s/l/s/l/l five-line syllabic structure. Tanka prose should contain a title. There is one basic requirement in writing tanka prose: one paragraph, and one tanka.

There are two basic forms in classic tanka prose: Preface (explanation) and the Poem Tale (episodic narration). Tanka prose does not rhyme.

Preface (explanation): Is where the prose explains the basic information in the narrowest sense. It is a factual summary of the experience. Usually, you write one prose paragraph and one tanka.

Poem Tale (episodic narration): The poem tale/episodic narration is a more formal structure where you share a more personal experience through your prose. In general, the tanka poem is always the center on which the narrative episode (prose) comes from. Write your tanka first. With this type of tanka prose, the prose often shares a beginning, middle, and an end, as if it were a short story. You can have one or more tanka within the prose.

On my author blog, you can see an example of an episodic narration tanka prose poem: HERE.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in! I’m thrilled with your tanka prose this week. Don’t be afraid of this form. If you love to craft tanka poems, then add a few lines of prose to go along with it! Make the two pieces work together to get your message across in unusual ways!

1.Padre5.Cheryl9.Colleen Chesebro
2.Reena Saxena6.willowdot2110.theindieshe
3.Jules7.Donna Matthews11.Sally Cronin
4.The Versesmith8.Jude12.
13.
Ruth Klein
My Italian Letters

Please take the time to visit the poets. Bravo to you for joining in and learning a new form. Everyone of these tanka prose poems is fabulous, in my estimation. Embrace this form and use it when your poetry needs to show more of your experience or to help you embed a message in your readers’ minds.

Jules and I are excited to share the cover of the First Edition of Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse. The Kindle copy will be available for preorder on September 1, 2021, for delivery on October 1st, 2021. PreOrder HERE.

The print edition will release October 1, 2021. The proceeds from this journal will go to fund a Poetry Contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry to be announced at a later date. ❤

Stay in touch! Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 241, #SPECIFICFORM: Tanka Prose

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month! This is our chance to work with a specific syllabic poetry form. Take this opportunity to learn more about the particular form.

This week’s form is:

tanka prose

Here’s a quick review of the tanka prose form:

We typically write tanka prose in the 5-7-5-7-7 or a s/l/s/l/l five-line syllabic structure. Tanka prose should contain a title. There is one basic requirement in writing tanka prose: one paragraph, and one tanka.

There are two basic forms in classic tanka prose: Preface (explanation) and the Poem Tale (episodic narration). Tanka prose does not rhyme.

Preface (explanation): Is where the prose explains the basic information in the narrowest sense. It is a factual summary of the experience. Usually you write one prose paragraph and one tanka.

Poem Tale (episodic narration): The poem tale/episodic narration is a more formal structure where you share a more personal experience through your prose. In general, the tanka poem is always the center around which the narrative episode (prose) comes from. Write your tanka first. With this type of tanka prose, the prose often shares a beginning, middle, and an end, as if it were a short story. You can have one or more tanka within the prose.

Read & Download: The PDF by Woodward-The Elements of Tanka Prose

Refer to Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, chapter Eight: Tanka Prose in English: https://amzn.to/2V0awOp

For this #TankaTuesday Poetry Challenge, write a tanka prose poem, either as a “preface” or a “episodic narration.”

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

sodacoffee.com/syllables

A simple yet very powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

THE RULES

  • Write a tanka prose poem.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL: https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink). You might have to delete your previous entry.
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY on @SyllabicPoetry

If you add hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) we can find your poetry on social media.

Search #TankaTuesday to find the tweets! Add a # to the name of the form you created in the title of your post.

Now, have fun and write some tanka prose poetry!


#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | Poets choice No. 237

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write your poem using haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, the Kerf poetry, and any of the syllabic forms from the Poetscollective.org. Now, the first of the month challenge also includes prose poetry and freestyle poetry!

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena9.Tina Stewart Brakebill17.kittysverses
2.Jude10.anita dawes18.Elizabeth
3.willowdot2111.Marsha19.Ruth Klein’s Scribbles
4.D. L. Finn12.Colleen Chesebro20.Kerfe Roig
5.Donna Matthews13.Cheryl21.Sally Cronin
6.Jules14.Gwen Plano22.Annette Rochelle Aben
7.Myrna Migala15.Jaye23.Crazy Nerds
8.ladyleemanila16.Balroop Singh  

I was excited to read your poetry this week. Remember, if you’re having a hard time finding inspiration, the poetry Oracle (magnetic poetry) might be enough to get you started on writing your poem. With the introduction of prose poetry and freestyle poetry, this first of the month challenge is now more inclusive to poets who find that syllabic poetry stifles their creativity. ❤

Submissions are now closed for the first edition of the wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. We will be sending out emails to the poets whose poetry was accepted. Stay in touch! Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #ThemePrompt: Expedition

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write your poetry using the theme of “expedition” chosen by Donna Matthews, using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, the Kerf poetry, and any of the syllabic forms from the Poetscollective.org.

I have a bit of news I thought I’d share. Sometimes the universe drops unexpected gifts or opportunities on your doorstep that you can’t ignore. At least, that is how it was for me. I’ve accepted a part-time receptionist position at my local hair salon. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find a job that I could work at without impeding my own creative writing endeavors! It’s truly a gift!

With that being said, for the next couple of weeks, I’ll be working more hours in training than when the training ends. I’ll do my best to keep up with comments and approving linkbacks. Don’t panic if you don’t see your link back approved immediately. I’ll get there as soon as I can. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Trent McDonald 9.Laura McHarrie 17.theindieshe 
2.Gwen Plano 10.D. L. Finn 18.Donna Matthews 
3.Jude 11.Marsha 19.Vashti Quiroz- Vega 
4.willowdot21 12.Annette Rochelle Aben 20.Anisha 
5.Eugenia 13.Elizabeth 21.Ruth Klein’s Scribbles 
6.The Versesmith 14.Selma 22.
7.Reena Saxena 15.Sally Cronin   
8.Jules 16.Kerfe Roig   

This week, Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s shadorma leaped off the page! How many of us are armchair travelers, connecting with exciting expeditions through reading? Me, me… I know I’m one!

This shadorma flows with the natural rhythm of her chosen words. I like that one of Emily Dickinson’s poems inspired Vashti to write this shadorma. It’s a great message and sums up the theme of an expedition taken through the reading of books.

"Expedition"

I opened
a book and entered.
The words spread
out their wings,
and took me on a journey
far from where I’ve been.

© Vashti Quiroz-Vega

This week, I’ve asked Vashti Quiroz-Vega to choose the prompt for next month’s theme challenge. Please email your choice of theme to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Submissions are now closed for the first edition of the wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. Stay in touch! Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | Poets choice

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “loose and tight,” using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, & the Kerf poetry. The optional form instructions are here.

(There is no capitalization on the first word in each line of Japanese syllabic poetry. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences).

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Anisha9.Cheryl17.Selma
2.Reena Saxena10.Jules18.Kerfe Roig
3.Elizabeth11.Donna Matthews19.Ruth Klein
4.Gwen Plano12.D. L. Finn20.s. s.
5.Linda Lee Lyberg13.Pat21.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
6.Eugenia14.anita dawes22.Sally Cronin
7.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr15.Jules #223.Annette Rochelle Aben
8.willowdot2116.Susan Joy Clark  

Poet’s choice is always so much fun! Congratulations to everyone! You all wrote magical poetry. I’m sharing poems that deserve a second read. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Susan Joy Clark shared an Arkquain Swirl.

Linda Lee Lyberg wrote a poignant haibun.

Pat’s haiku is a stunner.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021, which is THIS Thursday! Have you submitted your poetry? At midnight, submissions close, so don’t be late!

This week, I tweeted much of your poetry on the Word Weaving Twitter account. Please follow Word Weaving @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS – Specific Form: Create Your Own Syllabic Poetry Form

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month! This is our chance to work with a specific syllabic poetry form. But let’s do something different this time…

  • First, choose your favorite syllabic poetry form. Write your poem.
  • Next, give your poem some different characteristics to make it something different. You can change the syllable count, rhyme scheme (add or get rid of it), anything you want to create a new form. Write this poem.
  • Give your new syllabic poetry form a name.

Use our normal forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, & the Kerf poetry. The optional form instructions are here.

In Japanese syllabic poetry, there is no capitalization on the first word in each line of your poem. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Padre9.sangeetha17.D. L. Finn
2.Reena Saxena10.ladyleemanila18.Gwen Plano
3.Jude11.anita dawes19.Sally Cronin
4.Cheryl12.Elizabeth20.Annette Rochelle Aben
5.willowdot2113.Laura McHarrie21.kittysverses
6.Jules14.Kerfe Roig22.
7.Susan Joy Clark15.Eugenia  
8.Ruth Klein16.theindieshe  

I loved all the wonderful poetry creations. If you haven’t had a chance to read everyone’s poetry, please take some time and enjoy the creativity. This was a fun exercise. It just goes to show how easy it is to create syllabic poetry forms from our usual forms. If your creativity needs a boost, create away!

The photo below was my view this morning. I’ve been dog sitting for Dustin and Molly, our adopted Air Force kids, while they attended a family reunion up north.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021. I hope you will consider contributing. Please follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July!

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars | Theme challenge-Discovery

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “loose and tight,” using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, & the Kerf poetry. The optional form instructions are here.

In Japanese syllabic poetry, there is no capitalization on the first word in each line of your poem. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences.

I’m thinking of starting a poetry reading session. Let me know what you think. Read the post HERE.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Susan Joy Clark8.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr15.Sally Cronin
2.Trent9.Donna Matthews16.Kerfe Roig
3.Reena Saxena10.Jules17.kittysverses
4.willowdot2111.Cheryl18.Annette Rochelle Aben
5.theindieshe12.Ruth Klein/ Ruth Scribbles19.Colleen Chesebro
6.Laura McHarrie13.anita dawes 20. Mystical Strings
7.Elizabeth14.Anisha 21. Jude 

I loved all the poetry this week. It’s always fun to see what inspires us the most. I would say, Jules’ choice of the theme of discovery fits the bill for most of us!

This week, I’ve selected Donna Matthews to choose a theme for us to work with next month. I liked how she combined the theme of discovery along with the Hemingway quote in her post. I also liked the philosophical tone of her words. The idea of discovery is there, but you realize the truth all on your own.

Time Traveler

what day of your life are you living
time traveler or present day
what I have found to be true
you will be forgotten
stay here beloved
your days fleeting
soon, this now
today
past

© 2021 Donna Matthews

This week, I’ve asked Donna Matthews to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021. Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

Happy Summer Solstice! Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our poetry based off of the artwork from Kerfe Roig using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, & diatelle poetry.

Artwork by Kerfe Roig

Here’s our monthly schedule:

Many thanks to Kerfe for the artwork and to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena8.Susan Joy Clark15.Kerfe Roig
2.Selma9.Cheryl16.Colleen Chesebro
3.Trent McDonald10.TJS Sherman17.Ruth E Klein aka Ruthscribbles
4.Myrna Migala11.Elizabeth18.kittysverses
5.willowdot2112.anita dawes19.D. Wallace Peach
6.theindieshe13.Jude20.
7.Jules14.Annette Rochelle Aben  

What a fabulous image we had to work with! Personally, I used all six of my senses to “feel” the magic that slipped into my chōka poetry… and I must add a note about this form. I used rhyme in my poem which is not correct. I couldn’t seem to write the poem without the rhyme, so I called the form “chōka-like,” or “inspired by the chōka form.”

When we create our poems using the Japanese forms, we must stay as true to the rules as possible. However, I see no reason why you can’t get creative… as long as you do not claim the form to be the Japanese form that inspired you. Create & Write On!


There was so much stunning poetry this week. I can’t get over the creativity. When we deal with Ekphrastic challenges we should tune into the feelings the piece of art gives us. Those feelings should be the inspiration for your poetry. It’s not so much what’s in the picture as to how it makes you feel.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: Jules has written a haibun that incorporates what is happening in her day along with some of the feelings (the haiku portions) she received from the artwork.

I was really taken with Elizabeth’s tanka. Here’s what she says in her post: “My first thought when I looked at this artwork was about a party in the sky, and of course, the moon is the host of the party!” This tanka sings! The pivot, saluting the moon, shows that party in the sky between the constellations and the dancing birds. We get the second meaning by using the pivot and adding the last two lines! I especially loved the creativity of the phrase “the mystical nightdress.”

I selected this Etheree by Annette Rochelle Aben because she doesn’t describe what she sees, she shares how the image made her feel. What an inspiring piece of poetry!

"Within Reach"

there
they were
floating high
in the night air
worlds I sought to touch
sometimes, seeming so close
that all I needed to do
was to stretch as far as I could
and if I closed my eyes while reaching
I could pull myself up to where they were

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

This week, I’ve asked Annette to choose the Ekphrastic photo prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your image to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021. Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “dawn & twilight,” using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, choka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, & diatelle poetry.

Remember, in Japanese syllabic poetry, there is no capitalization on the first word in each line of your poem. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Cheryl8.Jules15.Kerfe Roig
2.Padre9.s. s.16.Colleen Chesebro
3.Trent McDonald10.anita dawes17.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
4.Annette Rochelle Aben11.Gwen Plano18.kittysverses
5.TJS Sherman12.Heather19.Marsha
6.Elizabeth13.Ruth Klein aka Ruth Scribbles20.Sally Cronin
7.Susan Joy Clark14.Goutam Dutta21.You’re next!

What an amazing bunch of poems this week. Thanks so much for joining in and having fun with Gwen’s synonyms.

This week, I chose to feature TJS Sherman‘s poem, “Painters Duel–Dawn versus Twilight.” This reverse Etheree is written in breathy phrases that bring the reader back to the title. The imagery is rich: “purple and orange complementary colors illuminating the sky at opposite ends of the day…” I also like the idea of dawn and twilight competing to be the most beautiful. Notice the shape of the poem—it could be a metaphor for the passage of a day (dawn into twilight, the most light ending in the least light, the day coming—the day going). I like the hopeful and positive message this poem leaves behind.

purple and orange complimentary
colors illuminating the sky
at opposite ends of the day
dawn and twilight are artists
painting skies competing
for most inspiring
the day coming
day going
yet to
be

© TJS Sherman

I also want to share, Ken Gierke’s poem: Anticipation ~ chōka & haiku. I’ve wanted to add this form to our Japanese poetry for some time, so today I did. You will find the choka form on the cheat sheet with instructions on how to write this form. Thank you, Ken!

The chōka (long poem) was the storytelling form of Japanese poetry from the 1st to the 13th century. It is unrhymed and written in alternating five and seven-syllable lines that end with an extra seven-syllable line.

The early form consisted of a series of katuata joined together. (A katuata is 5-7-7 (19) onji, or 5-7-5 (17) onji) and is required for your poem. It is composed of any number of couplets made up of alternating 5-7 onji (sound syllables) per line. In English, we can only treat the onji as a syllable.

A nine-line chōka is 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7 or 5-7-7-5-7-5-7-7-7. Chōka often were followed by one or more short poems called hanka, or “envoys,” summarizing, supplementing, or elaborating on, the contents of the main poem. A tanka would serve as an envoy.

This week, I’ve asked TJS Sherman to choose the two words from which we will choose our synonyms for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021. Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars Theme Challenge No. 227

Happy Memorial Day. As a veteran and the wife of a 100% disabled veteran, I like to honor my fellow military brothers and sisters who lost their lives serving our county in the line of duty. True patriots never forget!

brave Americans
who served... died to keep us free
Memorial Day
honor the true patriots
be true to democracy

© 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

Memorial Day 2021


Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write your poem using the theme of travel/journeys using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, and Abhanga poetry.

In Japanese syllabic poetry there is no capitalization on the first word in each line of your poem. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences.

On the first of the month, you can write any syllabic poetry form of your choice. The rest of the time, we write our syllabic poetry in one of the forms listed, and we follow a schedule (posted below).

I do this for a couple of reasons. It requires those of you who would like to enter contests or to submit your poetry to literary journals the opportunity to learn how to follow their rules. This challenge gives you that practice. Besides, why enter a challenge if you don’t follow the rules? That’s the challenging part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila 9.TJS Sherman 17.Ruth Scribbles
2.Cheryl 10.kittysverses 18.theindieshe
3.Selma 11.Susan Joy Clark 19.D. L. Finn
4.Padre 12.Jules 20.Kerfe Roig
5.Trent 13.s. s. 21.Anisha @crazienerds
6.Eugenia 14.Gwen Plano 22.Sally Cronin
7.willowdot21 15.Elizabeth 23.
8.Annette Rochelle Aben 16.The Versesmith   

The theme of travel seemed to appeal to many of you. I loved all the creativity! Well done!

This week, I was captivated by Jules’ haibun and haiku sequence, “Fractured Traveler.”

She stayed true to the haiku form with no first-line capitalization. The haiku leaves one with the feeling of loneliness, and we sense the journey is a private pilgrimage. The first and last haiku establish the kigo (season word) which designates the time of year. This sequence actually comes full circle, repeating the first haiku at the end which is a great segway into the prose portion of the poem.

The prose is not overstated or flowery. We learn the story of the un-monk, or un-nun, who in the Buddhist tradition carries a begging bowl on their journey to reach enlightenment. In much of Thailand, the monks and nuns own no possessions and must beg for their meals. In the Thai tradition, the men in the family are required to serve in the monastery as a rite of passage which also honors his family.

I liked the internal argument and subsequent answer in the prose: “it is the journey…” and the goal of reaching enlightenment that keeps this individual on the straight and narrow journey. Notice how true to human nature this piece is. The last line: “Whether the goal of enlightenment is reached will be debatable” makes this haibun something we can all relate to.

“Fractured Traveler”

flower moon
skylark’s melody
wistful tune

opal stone
talisman, to pet
reassure

existence
with each passing breath
time passes

slow pilgrim
walking; a deranged
dull silence

rice bowl hung
on a course rope belt
unfulfilled

flower moon
skylark’s melody
wistful tune

Miles to trod with staff in hand, course hooded robe, barely sandaled feet. An un-monk, un-nun, under duress, stressed yet obligated to attempt to gain sanity by following a saint’s trail through an unfamiliar territory. A vow of silence ensures only internal arguments with oneself. Repeat, “it is the journey…” Eventually the destination will be achieved. Whether the goal of enlightenment is reached will be debatable.

© JP/dh

This week, I’ve asked Jules to choose the theme prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your selection to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!