English Tanka – #3

English Tanka - No 3 - July 31 2015

Life, growth, together,
Can be perfect harmony,
Discordant rhythm

Follow those who choose to be
Drowned in life’s expectancy


© Copyright 2015 Robin McShane


11 comments on “English Tanka – #3

  1. As I read this, I consider the two meanings of ‘life expectancy,’ one of which denotes how long one is expected to live, and the other relating to humdrum of what is expected–without recourse to taking chances or, in effect, living. Brilliant, Rob.

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  2. This tanka set me thinking about that harmony/discord inevitably part of living together. One of the best “highs” of group harmony I think is the experience of singing in a chorus….I am recalling an instance of being part of an SATB chorus with orchestra in the performance of Brahms’ German Requiem that was an over-the-top experience. Then, of course, you leave the concert and someone is having a roaring argument in the parking lot with whoever parked his car too close,and the music gives way to the screaming and yelling. Requiem, indeed.

    I prefer the tanka form to the haiku–at least for writing. It gives more room to develop a thought, don’t you think?

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    • So true Cynthia – sometimes the haiku really tests one’s ability to convey with brevity! Phew! I can only imagine the feeling from the high to the low with your elevated (possibly almost sublime) choral & orchestral performance and to a discordant car park experience! Painful!


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