Tanka Splendor (02-2019) Sea shells

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Sea Shells (painting by DSisson)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

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

© unknown

I have given it a try myself to create a new tanka inspired on this given tanka. I associated on “sea shells”.

in the forest
with a sea shell at my ear
I hear the sea
in a seashell – wisecrack of granddad
it’s my bloodstream

© Chèvrefeuille

This Tanka Splendor is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 20th at noon (CEST). Have fun!

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