The Trouble with Tanka-5

today, the gibbous moon,
one silver breath short,
a wordless yearning-
how will dawn dare to break
when this night is unfinished?

*

another clap of thunder
then another
applauding the ravaged night,
behind the bamboo curtain she waits
her eyes already the pale morning after

*

the sky is splashed in soft pink
reflecting sakura blossoms
how the light plays tricks-
all those white clouds, empty cold,
like the space where you once slept

Fujiwara no Teika’s Tanka Technique 5: Lofty style –taketakaki tei – achieving grandeur and elevation.
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13 thoughts on “The Trouble with Tanka-5

  1. The second one I hadn’t seen..so stunning.

    Rarely when oeople put a few of their pieces on a same page is the quality so consistently high..here, it is. I think the magic of tanka has rubbed off on you. I wondet if you can find the sane passion witb haiku again.

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