irish memories

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013

the bar’s walls

lined with dollar bills

she writes

a note to her future

husband, whoever that is


searching for

my family roots amongst

the other

Malones – I learn the sad tales

in land hidden by fog

behind the scenes
 Ironically, although tanka is a fairly short art form in terms of length, there are hundreds of articles that go into depth of the style, history and understanding of this beautiful poetry.  For those that are new to tanka, in a few words, tanka is “a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood.”


I’m happy to have five of my tanka featured in The Bamboo Hut’s first issue.  The two tanka featured in this post were written as I reflected on my trip to Ireland.  Please visit The Bamboo Hut, Issue 1 to see or purchase the first collection of fine tanka featured by various poets around the globe.



feature image, seagrass, provided by Frank Abruzzese

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