Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A Room of My Own: White House Tanka

In a black turban and white beard, the Supreme Leader said, last night we slapped the US in the face...

stormy skies ...
my morning coffee
with constant thoughts
of the White House


1 The opening prose is the joshi (the prefatory note), which functions as a poetic device. For more information about how to effectively use the joshi, see To the Lighthouse: Joshi (Prefatory Note) as a Poetic Device 

2 My tanka below could form a sequence with the tanka above as the opening poem:

a gang of crows
cresting the White House roof
on TV
this winter of discontent
darker and heavier

NeverEnding Story, December 11, 2019

a murder of crows
the morning sky ...
not a word
about the war

NeverEnding Story, May 18, 2017

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