Sunday, April 26, 2015

One Man's Maple Moon: Sweet Peas Tanka by Jenny Barnard

English Original

sweet peas
planted long ago --
lost in weeds
sudden myriad flowers
like new love

Gusts, 20, Fall/Winter 2014

Jenny Barnard

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

種植的甜豌豆 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

种植的甜豌豆 --

Bio Sketch

Jenny Barnard has been travelling the writing circuit for about 30 years. Her background began in Watersmeet haiku, Famous Reporter (Walleah press), Moonset & Republican Readings (haiku, tanka and extended poetry forms). She continues to explore tanka "freshness" and paradox. Her tanka have appeared in Canadian and Australian journals, anthologies, broadsheets, performances, and workshops. Her ideal is to master and teach tanka. She is married with one daughter, and lives in Berriedale, a suburb of Hobart, Tasmania.

1 comment:

  1. The visual and thematic shift in the lower verse makes this poem emotionally effective. These pea-like flowers grow in many lovely colors and enchant us with with their fragile, seductive fragrance ("like new love"). Jenny's heartfelt tanka reminds me of the work by John Keats:

    "Here are sweet peas,on tip-toe for a flight
    With wings of gentle flusho'er delicate white,
    And taper fingers catching at all things
    To bind them all about with tiny rings."