Tanka is a new form of poetry to me. If this is it, I like it and you are good at whatever form you write.
The padlocks as on the Great Wall? Nice imagery.
And what if the locks were cut in half too? If tokens could not die...
Very intriguing. I would like to hear the back story to this Tanka.
Very interesting, innovative, it left me wondering about tanka
deep as always. the first line touches a chord somewhere. something different abt it.
Such sweet traditions! Hopefully trees will still be de rigeur in the countryside!
Thanks EveryoneI have thrown in the odd tanka before, but not for a good while. Traditionally (in English!) it is a 5-7-5-7-7 format, but that is flexible, as with Haiku.It seems that the latest "thing" (especially on the Continent, but increasingly here) is to attach locked padlocks to bridges to profess your love. They do quite a trade in these padlocks, which have hearts on them. The local authorities are trying to outlaw the practice. Apparently it is most rife in Rome.Guess the next step will be couples padlocking themselves to the bridges.
Dave - I'll try to photograph a heart shaped padlock for you next week in my travels!
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