Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
A new episode of our Tanka-feature ''Carpe Diem's Tanka Shrine". Several weeks ago I started this new feature and I became really happy to read all your wonderful responses on this Tanka feature. Tanka looks very similar with the Tan Renga, but there's a difference. Tan Renga is a chained poem written by two poets and Tanka is written by one poet. So this 'form' looks familiar I think.
The goal of the Tanka Shrine is to write a new Tanka inspired on the one I gave ... just as we are doing in our Carpe Diem Specials.
For this episode I have chosen a Tanka by Ishikawa Takuboku. Takuboku Ishikawa (1886 –1912) was a Japanese poet. He died of tuberculosis. Well known as both a tanka and "modern-style" (新体詩 shintaishi?) or "free-style" (自由詩 jiyūshi?) poet, he began as a member of the Myōjō group of naturalist poets but later joined the "socialistic" group of Japanese poets and renounced naturalism.(Source: Wikipedia)
|Statue of Ishikawa Takuboku at Hakodate, Hokkaido|
I love to share this Tanka written by Takuboku for your inspiration:
Of the beach of a small isle
In the Eastern Sea
I, my face streaked with tears,
Am playing with a crab
desperate and anxious
just seeking for a bit of privacy
to live their newly found love