My second poem published :)

I started this blog to encourage myself to write. What’s the difference between writing on a notepad and typing it out in a blog post, you might wonder? Well, for starters, my handwriting is awful. 🙂 Secondly, having a piece of writing in a nice blog with accompanying photos/illustrations gives a sense of satisfaction. To each their own, I know… but still…. the most important thing is to be able to motivate oneself to write. 😀

Since last year (2014), I’ve been submitting works here and there to be published. I’m very happy that the Malaysian Naturalist published a few of my nature-themed poems. Here’s the second poem they published – it’s the actual page from the magazine.

Published in the January 2015 issue of the Malaysian Naturalist
Published in the January 2015 issue of the Malaysian Naturalist
January issue where Sitting on the Sidelines was published
The cover of the Malaysian Naturalist, January 2015 issue
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New Beginnings

Here’s a Japanese poem to herald the beginning of 2015. May the year bring happiness and peace, not tears and suffering. May the spirit of humanity successfully rise above the afflictions of disasters, disease and war.

 

New Beginnings

Whispers in the wind
Bidding farewell and goodbye
Memories of days
People, places, occasions
New horizons beckoning

An original Tanka by
Khor Hui Min
1 Jan 2014

 

Heliconia photographed on Penang Hill on 10 May 2014
Heliconia photographed at Penang Hill on 10 May 2014

 

Poetic style

This poem was written in the style of a tanka. A tanka is a Japanese poem (also known as a waka or uta). A tanka poem is similar to a haiku poem, but has two additional lines.

A tanka has 5 lines and 31 syllables. The structure is as follows:

Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables
Line 4 – 7 syllables
Line 5 – 7 syllables

I’ve shown my poem with the number of syllables per line as below:

New Beginnings

(5) Whispers in the wind
(7) Bidding farewell and goodbye
(5) Memories of days
(7) People, places, occasions
(7) New horizons beckoning

 

To find out more about tanka poems, visit the Young Writers’ Website.