Four Tanka

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~~ 1 ~~
Sing me a riddle:
How many crooked pathways
make a journey whole?
How much food for sustenance
will you need on the long walk?
~~ 2 ~~
Making no progress
while trying to navigate
her soul’s deep waters,
she struggles to breathe slowly
to conserve her energy.
~~ 3 ~~
Murmuring prayers
that could double as weapons,
a renegade priest
transforms wine into water—
his convoluted world view.
~~ 4 ~~
Run to the orchard!
It is time to name the fruit
clinging to the trees,
and to pick the juiciest
with your deft and practiced hand.

Tanka © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 221

Posted on October 18, 2015, in 5-7-5-7-7, tanka, The Sunday Whirl and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Perhaps all crooked paths lead back to the apple tree – sounds like a pretty good destination all in all

  2. I like the way you have used the wordle words in longer poemlets! Well done.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I like your phrase “longer poemlets”! 😉

      On Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 6:09 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  3. Oh I like the thought of naming the fruits—

  4. I love the fourth. And this:
    ” How many crooked pathways
    make a journey whole?”

  5. The second one caught my imagination!

  6. Life is a riddle in itself, let alone setting new ones for us. Number 2 does however suggest…suggestive things!

  7. There is so much fun in the gathering of fruits. This situation often relates to not having to let go of opportunities! Excellent tanka MMT!


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