Tanka #1: Perseverance

"Lady's Mantle" Photo Credit: Bobbi; 2014

“Lady’s Mantle”
Photo Credit: Bobbi; 2014


even under tears 

there is beauty pushing forth

pulsating courage

clinging to enduring hope

that life’s spirit will rebloom

[ˈtäNGkə]  NOUN
  1. a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood.
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13 thoughts on “Tanka #1: Perseverance

  1. Melanie (DoesItEvenMatterWhoIReallyAm?) says:

    That is absolutely beautiful. It speaks volumes in its simplicity. I love it! ❤

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  2. Hi Jane, That’s a very nice TANKA in the first attempt itself. 🙂


  3. irinadim says:

    Beautiful words of hope.


  4. Princess Aurora says:

    Love this. Am enjoying your “Tankas” The photos are so apt too. I understand them which is the most important for me, so thank you


    • Thank you for your very kind words! I have found TANKAs difficult to write! Teaching me to slow down and think…and count syllables! I think the English lexicon has more syllables than the Japanese language! 🙂 I am happy that photos are working well with the Tankas…I had misgivings, so I appreciate your affirmation!


  5. Princess Aurora says:

    It certainly is working, the slowing down. 🙂


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