Silent Psalm: A #TankaTuesday #TankaProse

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vernal equinox

the ultimate sunlight from

winter’s last day

how long before we embrace

the warmth of the new season?

My first characters wore the faces of Hanna Barbara and Terrytoons Animation creations. Others bore the likeness of those from Tolkien, Greek mythology, DC and Marvel Comics, and Dungeons and Dragons. Derivative as they were, these characters and their stories still emerged from that persistent, silent hum that flows like an underground river through me.

Through my earliest alternating rhymes, and primative sonnets, to the imagistic free verse that brought me to haikai’s shore, I wrote whatever strains I could discern from that persistent, silent hum.

My career in education often conflicted with, sometimes complemented, and at times even inspired, my vocation as a writer. Nevertheless, however faintly, I listen to this persistent, silent hum.

Basho called his the way of poetry. Shall I refer to mine as the rhythm of the silent psalm? Whatever the name, this persistent, silent hum carries on.

And so must I!


the rustle of leaves

how to bear witness

to nature’s serenade

in every season

for Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 128 #SynonymsOnly

and dVerse Poets’ Tuesday Poetics -your poetic hum (pubtended by Gina)


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  1. you allowed the seasons of life and tides to influence your writing, that is so amazing Frank. My brother was a fan of those illustrious characters you mentioned though I never caught on to them, they are familiar names to me. Other characters influenced me the same, Alice in Wonderland and Narnia players were my childhood friends. i appreciate that your career as educator never competed with your writing life but could co-exist , this I am sure was highly rewarding to your students. thank you for participating and this wonderful take on the prompt, I like your spontaneous response very much

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  2. A gorgeous double haibun, Frank. I love that it starts with vernal equinox and spreads sunlight across the drone of the prose, the other lives, to the autumn leaves. I love the phrase ‘the rhythm of the silent psalms’.

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