Tanka Prose for Chèvrefeuille – Moonlight – March 3, 2016


When I was a child, I lived in the Philippines with my parents.  One day my father came home with painting for my mother.  It  was a scene of a full moon over the ocean painted on black velvet.

The painting itself was composed of just a few well place strokes of white and brown oil paint giving the impression of a white river flowing from a hovering moon over the ocean, shimmering towards a high abandoned cliff.    I loved to look at the picture imagining the sound of the wind and the adventures that took place in that magical dark world perhaps inhabited by pirates or explorers.

Even now though many years have come and gone, I’m still fascinated by the memory of that painting … and I realize that from time to time I try to recreate it.

a glowing river
flowing on the night-time ocean
in a child’s dreams
silent winds blow up the stream
the smell of salt air abounds

© G.s.k. ‘16

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille and Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu 


14 thoughts on “Tanka Prose for Chèvrefeuille – Moonlight – March 3, 2016

    • Thank-you Chèvrefeuille. I was wondering, I’m thinking I first came upon the tanka-prose through Jane – do you know if she wrote about haibun being more commonly written with tanka before the age of Basho? I’m delighted you enjoyed the tanka-prose btw, an honour!

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      • I have read the biggest part of Jane’s work, but I can’t remember that she has written something about tanka prose. I read the Tale of Genji, it’s also prose with tanka or more waka.
        I will ask Jane about tanka prose.


          • Dear Georgia,

            I have asked Jane and she responded already. I will create a Ask Jane episode about it. She had some ‘trouble’ with your term ‘tanka prose’. She would choose herself ‘tanka tale’ or ‘tanka story’.

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          • I myself didn’t choose the term tanka prose (it came from the magazine Haibun Today) and enjoy the term tanka tale or story much more. Thanks for passing the question on to Jane, I can’t wait to see what she says!

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