Monday, January 4, 2010

Holding Kindness, A Tanka Poem

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Here is a Tanka poem I just wrote. Tanka is a Japanese form of poetry similar to haiku that uses a syllabic form.
Tanka poems typically have 5 lines with a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7



Holding so gently,
Sadly, warmly—close to heart:
One day I will die.
How I wish to live fully—
Awake, and completely kind.


The Pollinatrix said...

I wish that too, for us both, and us all. This is beautiful.

Jenny Stevning said...

So tender! So beautiful! It was Kindness that brought me to you...the Kindness poem I was seeking...that I Googled...that brought me to your blog...and all that I have absorbed from your posts since then. Thank you!

Delwyn said...

Hi dan

I love the way that your poem holds (to me) so many emotions.
I have been thinking about my intentions for this new year, moreso my lack of any plan, desires, motivations and goals... And I have thought of your words and teachings that you have shared with us.
And I am happy to report that I am empty... Not bereft or at a loss, nor grappling
Or confused but just a wonderful feeling of empty and open, willing to be carried by the flow of life, to just be and try to be kinder in that beingness.

Thanks for the tanka and your inspiration and friendship over the year

Happy days

Bagman and Butler said...

Very nice Tanka...the middle line is a stopper.

steven said...

dan thanks for this - you create and share such extraordinary gifts! steven

Jim714 said...

Thanks for the Tanka. Well done. I really like the layers of emotion you put into this.



Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Thanks Dan. I realize that due to recent life events I have been holding that "knowing" with some fear, rather than with compassion and kindness. Your tanka underscored what I have been observing about myself.

For now, I am holding that fear with compassion, knowing that while it makes its appearance now and then, I am ultimately guided by love.

Dan Gurney said...

Pollinatrix, Thank you. I hope the impulse towards kindness spreads widely.

Dan Gurney said...

Jenny, I remember how our worlds touched through that poem. For that poem and for my internet contact with you, your art and your poetry I am grateful.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, Empty and open you are, and quiet too. They all go together and it makes me happy to know that you are in such a spacious, peaceful place. I hope we manage to arrive in similarly peaceful worlds.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks, Mark. You know, some of your poetry has been very arresting, too. Your writing, too. Loved your piece on the GPS phone telling you how to get home.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, the feeling is mutual. getting to know you through your blog has been very fruitful for me. you remind me to look for and see beauty, wonder, and miracles that surround us.

Dan Gurney said...

Jim, thank you. Coming from you, that's quite a compliment.

Dan Gurney said...

I think we all hold our thoughts of death with some fear; speaking for myself, I know I do. But I've managed to get to know my thoughts about death a little better and it's getting more interesting, and less frightening.

I think it's a good idea to work with our fears about death and allow some equanimity to arise. Compassion, too. Sadness. I like what you say about being guided by love. Love is a good guide.

Jennifer said...

My deepest most inner desire. Thank you.

Ribbon said...

'Awake and Completely Kind'
I like those words very much

best wishes