Xenolith – Tanka – October 9, 2014

Xenolith is the word I found this morning on Carpe Diem Shuukan and using that word I’m to attempt to write a haiku (or perhaps a tanka).

First of all … what is a xenolith … xeno comes from Greek and means foreign … something that comes from the outside  … lith means stone but in Middle English lith also meant member, limb and in Proto Germanic it meant … man or people.

Of course, our host was thinking of xenolith which is a stone that has had a foreign stone  embedded in it, usually through volcanic activity, sometime in the geological past.  But I’m going to cheat and write about foreign people who become embedded in a host society, due to the various cataclysms that shake our human existence.  Many have been the people who’ve had to leave their native lands in order to survive … human existence is chock-full of great migrations, our age is no different from other ages because the driving forces remain the same, only the means of transport has changed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwar and poverty push
social cataclysms drive
human lava flows
into established homelands
creating new xenoliths

© G.s.k. ’14

Carpe Diem Shuukan

N.b. The stones here are probably not xenoliths, they are just  a metaphorical image. They are stones I’ve found around the Sarca Valley which was formed by a massive glacier flow a long long time ago – or so I’ve been told.  😉


13 thoughts on “Xenolith – Tanka – October 9, 2014

  1. Love this take on the prompt — reminds me of my grandparents in Erie. As you know, they were Polish — and all the Poles settled into their new mostly-Polish neighborhood. (Right next to the Italian neighborhood!) And in this neighborhood all you saw or heard among the “old folks” was Polish. And they were as stubbornly established as stone, too.


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