Carpe Diem’s Tanka Shrine #2

Carpe Diem’s Tanka Shrine #2, Ishikawa Takuboku’s ”on the white sand”


For this episode ,Kristjaan,our host at Carpe Diem has chosen a Tanka by Ishikawa Takuboku.

On the white sand
Of the beach of a small isle
In the Eastern Sea
I, my face streaked with tears,
Am playing with a crab
(c) Ishikawa Takuboku
The challenge is to write a new Tanka in the same tone, sense and spirit as Ishikawa.
This I found to be be very tough.However,here is my feeble attempt at writing a Tanka in the same spirit.

Drinking deeply from
the chalice of life,we cough
choke,even throw up
but love helps us breathe again
in this wilderness of pain





12 thoughts on “Carpe Diem’s Tanka Shrine #2

    • That is so lovely of you to say Sun,thank you:-)Have been missing CD challenges recently-sp the ones to do with music-my laptop cannot play music as the audio card is not working-so I have had to miss those-also have been feeling a little uninspired-let me see if tonight I can attempt the other challenges:-)

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