Dear Haijin, visitor and travelers,
This month we are exploring the beauty of Tanka, that wonderful 5-lined poem, through the "Ten Tanka Writing Techniques" by Teika. Today I love to share his third Tanka Writing Technique, Elegant Beauty.
|Kakinomoto no Hitomaro|
on the shores of Akashi Bay
vanishing by distant islands
longing follows the ship
|Akashi Bay (Japan)|
their sweet perfume makes me drowsy
hot summer night
between silken sheets her warmth
|Willow in autumn|
in deep silence willow leaves fall -
tears on this grave
as the willow is green again
another year has gone
After a while I thought ... "I cannot conclude this episode without creating a new Tanka". So I have given it a try ...
seeking for nature’s mysteries –
a new day rises
after a hot and steamy night
she departs … without a kiss
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 11th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, dragonfly, later on.