12 Degrees & Skiving

what began as year-long challenge has become perpetual until further notice

• Week 47 • Tanka •


in bed with last night’s
makeup, her perfume and him
she is the glass pearl
that grew the oyster by dawn
by daylight the lustre gone



your ideas tangle
you in a white lie lasso
all placation you
hook to the semblance, the right
way to ease the guilt to come



the muse almost in hand
my hands, remote with winter
dry and transparent
so seethrough now i am
afraid the words will fall through



A tanka is an oriental poetry form, similar to that of a haiku, with a traditional 5 – 7 – 5 -7 -7 scheme.
For a thorough explanation of a Tanka and its philosophy (and indeed most poetic forms), visit the Poet’s Garret  – it is a fabulous resource…not only because I am running out of time and fussing about with explanations at this point is not what I want to be doing.
If and when I complete this challenge on time, I fully intend to revisit 12C and Skiving throughout 2013 in order to edit explanations and the poems themselves.

One comment on “• Week 47 • Tanka •

  1. poemation
    December 21, 2012

    Well done – beautiful – you have the mood just right. I think imago is a stand- out!

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