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.

 

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