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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Shiki and Tanka - July 8, 2014

Today, the Ghost Writer at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is Jen from Blog it or Lose it!  She introduces us to one of the second important aspects of this great Haiku Master, his tanka.  We all know that Shiki was a great mover in  what has been called the haiku reform which took the haiku which is attributed to him (before it was known as hokku) from ever growing obscurity, to being recognized as a poetry genre in it's own right.  He hoped to do the same for the other short form waka (which means poetry) which he called tanka.  The most important aspect of both to him was that they should be compositions based on Shasei, or "sketches from life".

But let's see what Jen tells us:

As you may already know, Masaoka Shiki was struck by a severe form of tuberculosis when he was 22 years old. Tuberculosis is a disease that attacks the lungs and causes the sufferer to cough up blood and lung tissue.  He changed his name from “Noboru” to “Shiki” – after a bird that (in Japanese legend) coughs blood when it sings.  In later years, the tuberculosis attacked his spine as well. 
The man
I used to meet in the mirror
is no more.
Now I see a wasted face.
It dribbles tears.

© Masaoka Shiki

in memory of
the spring now passing
I drew
the long clusters of wisteria
that move like waves

© Masaoka Shiki





lady in waiting
young blossoming flower
with summer's passing
harvest time comes near
 and new life begins

© G.s.k. '14






14 comments:

  1. new life always brings smiles. the clock moves through the seasons for the lady...
    Nicely penned tanka

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    1. life's cycles bring to mind the seasons that flow one into another. Thaks for commenting!

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  2. really vibrant tanka... i love the picture too...

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  3. Harvest time has so many connotations here -- this makes it a wonderful tanka -- you've moved us from spring to summer to autumn in the space of a few lines. This is great Georgia!

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    1. Thanks Jen, I was trying to slip into the spirit of Shiki ... your comment is makes me smile! (I may dance a boogy now ;-) )

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  4. None of us thinks we're going to get old. Some of us are right. Most of us are not.

    Peering Under the Bean Leaves

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    1. Too true ... and often we feel very young dispite our age or very old.

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  5. woman in waiting to blossom...what a lovely tanka, Georgia and I love your blog! I may consider reusing my old blogspot for haiku since so many prompts come from here. Brava, cara!!

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  6. I must admit that I kind of like this format (now that I'm getting used to it) They also have a wonderful choice of fonts and it's dead easy to upload photos! I'm replying though with my WordPress account instead of my google account and I wonder if this will cause difficulties. Can you tell me if you are able to see my reply?

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  7. Just because it is on my mind, because a young friend is pregnant...
    that is what your verse reminded me of -
    Harvest is a kind of pregnancy. The birth of seeds planted :)

    Thanks for the link and the visit. ~Jules

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    1. In my mind ... harvest is the end of pregnancy ... the fruit of the seed early planted. Welcome to the link glad you didn't mind :-)

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  8. nice one Georgia. I love connections between nature and people

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  9. Thanks Belinda ... I tend to think as people being a part of nature ;-)

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harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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