Carpe Diem's Tanka Splendor is part of the Carpe Diem Haiku Family. It's a weekly tanka-meme in which you can write and share tanka inspired on a given prompt every Saturday (mostlty, sometimes it will be on another day).
Long time ago, but I am trying to pick up the pieces after a very busy period of time with Covid-19. As you know I am an oncology nurse, so we have had a very busy time. Today in the US it’s Independence day, correct me if I am wrong, so I thought this would be a nice theme for today’s Tanka Splendor:
leaves fall, swaying, starting their journey to independence covering young sprouts of flowers to celebrate upcoming spring
It has been a while that I published here at Tanka Splendor, the place for all your wonderful Tanka adventures. Here at Tanka Splendor I hope to inspire you to create an all new Tanka inspired on a given Tanka.
This week I have chosen a Tanka themed “New Beginnings” and titled “Vernal Equinox”. The “Vernal Equinox” is the time on which Spring starts … and Spring is the season for “New Beginnings”.
Here is the Tanka to inspire you:
departing Winter visiting my ancestors graves paying my respects to Mother Nature … flowers in my hair Vernal Equinox
Welcome at a a new Tanka Splendor episode. It has been a while but I will try to publish here on a regular base a challenge for you to create Tanka, that beautiful short poem of five lines that once started as a love poem in which secret lovers could reach eachother.
Today I love to challenge you to create a Tanka full of love inspired on the theme “summer heat”. Summer, in my opinion, is the season of love outside e.g. love on the beach or skinny dipping after a long hot summer day. So … go for it … create a summer tanka full of love.
Tanka poems are short poems that originated in Japan in the 13th century. They are five lines long and often convey deep feelings about nature, love, or desire. To write a tanka poem, start by brainstorming ideas. Then, create a draft using sensory detail and descriptive language. Polish your draft once it is done so the tanka is full of striking imagery and deep emotion.
This week I have a nice tanka to inspire you. I ran into it when surfing the Internet, but couldn’t retrieve the author / poet of this beauty. So if you are the poet or you know the poet? Please let me know.
Here is the tanka to inspire you to create a new tanka:
Sea shells on the ground White sand is so beautiful I look at the sea It is so very endless And blue, sparkly, and gorgeous
It’s a pleasure to try to give this weblog a new boost. So I hope to do this every Wednesday from now on. A new episode of Tanka Splendor. This week I have a wonderful tanka by Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) to inspire you to create your own Tanka.
Here is the Tanka by Jane Reichhold:
your sleeping breath
night rain revives the earth
waves of sea air
in bright yellow daffodils
nod to the dark wind
Welcome at a new episode of Tanka Splendor (part of the CDHK Family), sorry for being late with this new episode, but there were a few circumstances that took my time.
Autumn is almost running halfway so maybe you thought that I would create a challenge with an autumn theme, but no … it’s a summer theme.
This week’s task is to create a so called cascading haiku. What is a cascading haiku? Let me give you an example:
hopeful new day
available in yellowish a great sunflower
a great sunflower
desirable to bright sunlight bows its head to earth
bows its head to earth
a possible new flower opens
A cascading haiku is built from at least two haiku, because you have to use the last sentence as the first sentence of the second verse. Look at the above cascade. The last sentence of the first haiku “a great sunflower” is the first sentence of the second haiku. The third line of that 2nd haiku, “bows its head to earth”, is the first line of the third haiku. This is like a wave, like a cascading river.
Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh
This week’s task … create a cascading haiku themed “sunflower”. Create your cascading haiku and share it with us all through linking to the linking widget. Have fun!
Welcome at a new Tanka Splendor here at our WP blog Tanka Splendor (also part of the CDHK Family). This month we are celebrating the 6th anniversary of our homepage “Carpe Diem Haiku Kai”. Back in 2012 I started Carpe Diem Haiku Kai to challenge you to create haiku and tanka on a daily base. During the last 6 years our CDHK Family has grown and today I love to challenge you here at Tanka Splendor to create tanka inspired on “blossom” haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), one of the greatest haiku poets ever.
Here are a few “blossom” haiku by him:
how many, many things they call to mind these cherry-blossoms!
Haiku weaves vivid images, and cherry blossom themed poems have an element of contemplation and bittersweetness that is compelling. The sight of blossoms, so exquisite and so evanescent, is a reminder of the transience of things, and while it can be melancholy, it’s also reassuring. Everything passes–and then returns.
temple bells die out. the fragrant blossoms remain. a perfect evening!
In a sense, poetry is closest to perfume, because the interpretation of the message concealed in words as in aromas are left to the beholder. very brief – gleam of blossoms in the treetops on a moonlit night.
Welcome at Tanka Splendor, another part of the CDHK community. Let me (re)tell you the goal of Tanka Splendor. Tanka is a five-lined poem that originated from the Waka, an ancient Japanese poem, and became renown through Jane Reichhold (1937-2018). Jane was one of the greatest haiku and tanka poets modern times has seen.
Here at Tanka Splendor, Chèvrefeuille (host and owner of https://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com) challenges his visitors to create a Tanka on a given theme. For this restarting the engines post he loves to challenge you to create a tanka (or kyoka, the more humourful form of Tanka) on the following theme:
Autumn Leaves (Image found on Pinterest)
A nice theme I would say. So I am looking forward to all your responses. Add your link to the widget here below: