Late Summer Azaleas

Cee’s FOTD Challenge & Colleen’s Weekly Tanka

Reclined my heart then

Undaunted in its languor

No presentiment

Of love’s ardor roused, spilt blood,

Grandeur of open wound, spent.

According to Wikipedia,"Tanka consist of five units (often treated as separate lines when romanized or translated) usually with the following pattern of on (often treated as, roughly, the number of syllables per unit or line):
5-7-5-7-7. The 5-7-5 is called the kami-no-ku (上の句, "upper phrase"), and the 7-7 is called the shimo-no-ku (下の句, "lower phrase")."

16 thoughts on “Late Summer Azaleas”

    1. Thank you so much, Colleen. Azaleas are a favorite of mine and this particular one is a miniature house plant that even blooms in winter. So hope it’ll do so this year as well. And, oh boy, it’s a great pleasure learning to “tanka.” 🙂

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        1. I wonder if the form doesn’t get lost in translation, what with the pictographic character of Japanese, but hey, English is a very supple language, adaptable, and I can’t resist a challenge. Thanks for giving us all a chance to do just that, Colleen, with this demanding form. 😊

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            1. Sounds interesting indeed. I am curious because so many have taken to the Japanese forms for personal expression, even as a type of journaling maybe. For now, I’ll check out the link 🙂

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