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Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 10 August 2019

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 10 August 2019!

For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Tanka. The topic is up to you!

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is a Tanka?

Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…

Tanka
Tanka is a classic form of Japanese poetry related to the haiku with five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7)

Example of Tanka

Example #1:
Peaceful solitude
intrinsic to our spirit
lost in pensive thought
standing on the edge of time
the road to nowhere special.

Copyright © 2002 Cheri L. Ahner

Example #2:
When things are tough and
change catches you unaware,
remember to stop.
Take time to see the beauty
in those monumental moments.

By Sarah ©2018

Good luck with your ‘Lucky Dip Tanka’ –…

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Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Ode to Elsie and the Tanka Challenge

One of my favourites,
this challenge taught me how to
Tanka with your prompts.
Celebrate your achievement –
a muse with a century!

By Sarah ©2018

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Image credit Ephraimstochter via Pixabay

Author’s Note: A BIG “thank you” to Elsie Hagley at Ramblings Of A Writer, for all your hard work coordinating the Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, over the last 100 weeks. Yours was one of the first prompts I participated in when I started my blogging journey in May last year. I have loved learning how to write Tanka and always looked forward to each Wednesday.

Best wishes for the future Elsie, and I look forward to staying in touch via your blog.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 100 – Celebrations and Century

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Work Horse

Tirelessly I strive,
to ensure the very best.
Never a kind word;
overlooked for all the rest.
I’m sick of being your work horse…

So I say, “No more”.
It’s now time I walk away.
I will venture out,
stay true, and find my own way.
You will not take my sunshine.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 96 – Work and Horse

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Darkness of the Deep

Shimmering sunshine
glides across the peaceful blue,
masking those who lurk;
sagaciously awaiting
in the darkness of the deep.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Olivante Poetry, #NaPoWriMo 2018 – Image 11; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 92 – darkness and peace

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Fearsome Lady

Highlighting her strength,
Mother Nature likes to be
a fearsome lady.
Awesome fury cautions us
that we are easily squashed.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Ramblings of a Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 91 – lady and highlights; and also, Olivante Poetry, #NaPoWriMo 2018 – Image 6

Photos by Sarah, Poetry by Sarah, Tanka, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Time

Three years you went on,
embracing old age with grace
all while missing him.
The balance has been restored –
time to be together now.

By Sarah

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 88 – balance and grace; and also, Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 100 – Time

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Going Somewhere?

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Image credit Matthew Smith via Unsplash

Roadworks, traffic, go.
Park the car. Take shuttle bus.
Check in and drop bags.
Gah! Flight delayed! Transport is
an exercise in patience.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt – patience; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 81 – Transport and Exercise

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

The Road To Hana

Cars, bikes and buses.
Winding; clinging to cliffsides.
Peaceful forest views,
showcasing nature’s wonders,
along the road to Hana.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt – Wonder; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 80 – nature and peace