An Art of Unlearning: A #TankaTuesday (5/8/18) #TankaProse


Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash


a starlit sky

residing in fantasy

at my peril

I let go of my cravings

to embrace this passing wind


I learn to unlearn each day. Unlearn the paralyzing fear of others’ judgement. Unlearn the urge to rail against every inconvenience I encounter. Unlearn the way I bend under the burden of a whirling dervish of petulant worries.


I learn to unlearn slowly. A classroom observation by my supervisor overshadows me in dread. Another cut off on the highway or jammed photocopier ignites a palpable rage within me. The worries, like the Greek furies, often overtake me.


But at least I know that I need to learn to unlearn. Every moment I do, I ride the dragon. Every moment I do, I embrace life on life’s terms. And truly live.


open field

a work horse grazing

before sunset

so I lay my burdens down

to feel the evening breeze



for dVerse Poets’ Tuesday Poetics: I am learning still, pubtended by Mish

Real Toads’ Tuesday Platform, imagined by Sanaa Rizvi

Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 82 – BELONG & DREAM #SynonymsOnly

#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 96 – Work & Horse




44 replies »

  1. Reminds me of the old negro spiritual, Gonna lay down my burden …down by the riverside…
    Unlearning is a very hard thing… especially if the imprint was traumatic. You are on the right track. Very well done Frank!

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