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moulds of lichen

on this old stone bridge

how they thrive without light!

while you and I look for answers

all our lives

 

Or:

 

moulds of lichen

on this old stone bridge

how they thrive without light!

while you and l look

for answers all our lives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

goldenlangur

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moulds of lichen

on this old stone bridge

how they thrive without light!

while you and I look for answers

all our lives

 

Or:

 

moulds of lichen

on this old stone bridge

how they thrive without light!

while you and l look

for answers all our lives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

goldenlangur

 

I definitely prefer the first version, Golden. I stumble a little on the linebreak at look in the second version.

 

This reminds me of a passage in the Christian Bible, where Jesus tells his followers not to worry from where they will get their food. He points out that the birds do not worry from where their food comes, and that God, the Father, loves man so much more than the lesser creatures for whom He also provides (the birds).

 

I hope you don't mind the parallel I made. I enjoyed this philosophical tanka.

 

Tony

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Aleksandra

Wonderful!

I think second form is better, at least works that way for me, but expressing on English language it sounds different.

But however. I have other idea goldenlangur.

I think again my opinion, it would sound better and stronger if the last part is expressed like this:

 

moulds of lichen

on this old stone bridge

how they thrive without light!

while you and l look

all our lives

-for answers.

 

 

That is my thoughts about the ending parts of the poems. The point to say as the end. On this side poetry like that sounds more stronger and powerful. But should not be a case for everywhere.

 

Anyway, I loved this tanka as always.

Good write and very thoughtful

 

Aleksandra

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth - Jean Cocteau

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Larsen M. Callirhoe

love the anology. thi write hum like a song in my opinion.

 

victor

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goldenlangur

Hi Tony,

 

Thank you for your thoughts - From the humblest of life forms, the lichen, to all creatures, a thread of link. I rather like this parallel you've made here with the biblical passage, you've quoted.

 

 

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goldenlangur

Hi Aleksandra,

 

 

Your suggestion of impact in the last line of the tanka is a very good one - something the Japanese tanka writers accomplish admirably! I shall certainly consider your suggestion in a rewrite. Feedback like this is very helpful and I learn much.

 

 

 

So a big thank you

 

 

goldenlangur

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goldenlangur

Thank you so much Victor your perceptive comment. "hum" and music in tanka is something I struggle with. So your remark is most encouraging. I will get there by and by with support and encouragement like yours.

 

With appreciation,

 

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