Spiritual Poetry posted December 16, 2017


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Expression of ardour in a Tanka String

Soaring Searing Spirits

by smileycloud




humble joyous hearts
meekly bow down before Thee
prayers and supplications
reverberating
through the Heavens and the Earth

thunderous rumblings
booming like roaring lion
emotions erupt
fiery effervescent flames
sparking volcanic spirits

fervent constant zeal
igniting avid passion
luminous overflow
magnificent neon lights
tilt the world on its axis


 


Recognized


The club submission is asking for a piece
which expresses our personal gift to the Lord;-

MY GIFT TO THE LORD JESUS
IS ME AND ALL MY WILD EMOTIONS
CONCERNING HIM AND HIS KINGDOM
MY SECOND GIFT IS THAT
I TRUSTED HIM COMPLETELY
WHEN HE SAID
HE WANTED ME
IMAGINE THAT
LOWLY LITTLE ME


Tanka, a short song is meant to be filled with personal and emotional expression.
The tanka expresses feelings and thoughts regardless of the direction they take. Originally there was also an attempt to connect these thoughts and feelings to nature.
The tanka, unlike the haiku, may use figurative expressions such as metaphor or simile.
The form is less rigid, more casual than the haiku. It allows the imagination to help the poet express feelings.
The tanka is a descendant of the waka, one of the earliest Japanese forms and dates back to the 8th century.
The description of the waka and tanka are separated by a thin line, mostly time. However the tanka is defined more by content and style than syllabic prescription, still most tanka like its ancestor the waka are confined by 31 onji or syllables and broken into 5 lines of 5-7-5-7-7.
Members of the royal court were expected to write tanka and it was often exchanged as communication, including being passed as love notes.
It became the concluding stanza of the communal linked Renga.
Classic Japanese Tanka were collected in anthologies that were sponsored by members of the royal court. One of the most prominent writers of the 9th century was a woman, Ono no Komachi, still admired for her work.
When a tanka is satirical it is sometimes referred to as kyoka.
The form addressed themes as natural beauty, love, the impermanence of life, the activities of the common people and separation.
To be touched by things mono no aware is an important idea in tanka writing as well as the later developed Haiku.
A Tanka String is a group of tankas written around the same theme and strung together in no particular order.
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My new submission to the
"Shout outs to the Lord" club prompt;-
"Since Jesus died on a cross for us, what can we give Him for Christmas this year? Write it in poem, story or prose form.
Make Jesus smile when He reads it!"
No deadline.

I hope my poem "shouts" all the way to Heaven
and rocks the clouds
When many people shout out to the Lord;-
it is louder and much more effective than the
most powerful boom box

Club entry for the "2018" event in "Shout Outs to the Lord".  Locate a writing club.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.


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