Category: Tanka

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Tanka : letter

dear Hana-ogi
you studied poems, koto
what do you wish for?
calligraphy inks poems
sad life confined by beauty

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I added about 1/3 blank area for my poem but the rest of it is an Utamaro print. My apologies to those who love Utamaro.

The original of the ukiyo-e above is by Kitagawa Utamaro from his 高名美人六家撰 (Famous Beauties from 6 Best Houses) series. At the time it was illegal to have

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Tanka : strange dreams

chamomile fairy sideways granite supression farfetched autophobia layogenic bleach-haired elf transparent road disappears tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere Reference: Wordle #186 Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie February 25: Sea Green Color Your World Challenge Tourmaline second life photo […]

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Tanka : boots

give me all your best
no lies, don’t be a-messin’
something you call love
keep playing, we’ll be burning
these boots were made for falling

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Mandibelle16 challenged us to create something using Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Were Made For Walking.  I loved that song as a teenager — still love it.  The whole tough chick story is cool.  But I am also a romantic  so this is the sequel because she found “a brand new box of matches.”

Tanka : fairy godmother

my mind — total blank challenges and prompts — no help it’s almost midnight desperate poet cries out where’s my fairy godmother? tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

tanka : profuse poems

quick words tumble out profuse flood of imagery written in margins scribbled on napkins, scrolls poems inside pyramid walls tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere So frustrated.  Was writing a poem daily and had managed six  […]

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Tanka : cherita

inscrutable word
prompt says write a Cherita
what the heck is that?
sounds like a cigar or drink
poem form evolved from tanka

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

once upon a time, or so the story goes
Leiana, a royal guard of the deep, doing a usual patrol
saw movement deep within a cave

of course, she had to investigate
a large pile of bones had grown out of the blue

oh dear, myriad baby krakens skittered away from mama’s provisions

cherita terbalik by M. Nakazato LaFreniere