the parrots …

A tanka (a Japanese short-form verse)

the parrots in my
garden come and go like joy
among dark branches
soon flying on to other
places that are far away

(Julian O’Dea)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by alcestiseshtemoa on September 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Hopefully the parrots are too exhausted by the long flights to other places, to spend time mimicking other people’s speech. Japanese gardens tend to be places of calm and quiet, of natural sounds, but not loud, or distracting sounds.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on September 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Something on tanka:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanka

      which quotes this example:

      On the white sand
      Of the beach of a small island
      In the Eastern Sea
      I, my face streaked with tears,
      Am playing with a crab

      – Ishikawa Takuboku

      Here is one I have had published:

      in midsummer heat
      under the hanging shadecloth
      I eat three lychees
      biting through the hard red skin
      to the sweet white globes within

      (rhyme is not a recognised part of tanka, and the final rhyme is probably a technical fault)

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