inner city cafe
leaning into conversation
iPhone photo – Waterlogue effect – January 2014
Many of us are familiar with the Japanese haiku form of verse. Here’s another one, with which I was unfamiliar until recently. Shadow Poetry has a good explanation of Tanka.
There are, of course, many more subtle components of the verse than its 5-7-5-7-7 or 31 syllable shape. You can always aspire to reaching higher expression of the form. In the meantime, it’s fun and satisfying to play with it as a container. If, like me, you are in the habit of writing down the odd phrase that occurs to you, the Tanka provides a good starting point to use the idea. In this case, my phrase was the sound of one frond dropping.
you don’t hear the sound
that silence before the fall
only with the break
that crack of separation
the sound of one frond dropping
Lynn Buckler Walsh