Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Recently we have decided together to open our Kai for other Japanese poetry forms e.g. Kikobun, tanka and kyoka and many more. In the upcoming Tokubetsudesu episodes I will try to tell you all more about the other Japanese poetry forms starting today with tanka, the grandmother of haiku, as Jane Reichhold calls tanka.
Tanka allows the author to play with time, it also allows one to move out of reality into fantasy, imagination, and other thought processes. In tanka one is not bound by just what is, but is open to the emotional life of the author. By being able to switch times, the author can work with memories, and memories are always loaded with emotion, so the following tanka by Jane Reichhold fits the genre perfectly:
too old for new love
the moon rises each night
as I remember
the backseats of strange cars
its helpful light afterwards
One of the "Ask Jane" episodes was about tanka. Let us look to that episode again. Jane calls tanka, the grandmother of haiku. I think she is right, because haiku once was part of renga, a chained poem, and as we look at renga we immediately are observing the "tanka"form.
King Winter is on his way
snow and frost will come
cherry blossoms bloom again
the sound of geese returning
© Chèvrefeuille (from my archives)
Ot this one, also from my archives:
desperate and anxious
just seeking for a bit of privacy
to live their newly found love
Ok ... another one .... I am going to love the tanka, can that be true? Am I starting to become addicted to tanka?
reflections of blue sky and clouds
in muddy waters
raindrops - rhythmic art of nature
in the pond circles fade
And to close this Tokubetsudesu episode I found a really nice haiga with a tanka:
Share your tanka inspired on this post with us all here at our Haiku Kai. I am looking forward to all of your wonderful responses on this Tokubetsudesu episode.
This Tokubetsudesu episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and it will remain open until July 31st at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, goraikou or sunrise seen from a mountain top, later on. For now ... have fun!