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Tree Tanka Series X

#Haiku Happenings #4: Paul Scribbles latest #tanka! #nationalpoetryday2022

Paul Scribbles

A new series inspired by the many trees I have photographed over the years. Here I am combining some of those photos with Tanka poetry. Each poem is composed for a particular photograph and is an ‘imagined’ poetic verse from the tree itself, speaking directly to the times we are living in right now.

One of the oldest Japanese forms, Tanka (A Short Song) originated in the seventh century, and quickly became the preferred verse form in the Japanese Imperial Court.

Tanka’s economy and suitability for emotional expression made it ideal for intimate communication.

Each of the Tanka that follow are woven into a single intimate thread.

A song of the trees.

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