Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hurt and Happy, A Tanka

Tanka is a syllabic form of poetry. Not counting its title, if any, a Tanka poem will have five lines with the following number of syllables: 5-7-5-7-7. Kind of like a roomier Haiku. Rhyming is optional, but lovely if you're skillful enough to manage it.

Hurt and Happy
A Tanka Poem


Contrasting feelings:
Sublime joy and deep sadness
Fill my heart at once.
My tender, vulnerable
Heart is full, broken and whole.

14 comments:

Jenny Stevning said...

Ahhh, Dan! So beautiful! I know that feeling well. Perfect capture!

Delwyn said...

Dan

I wrote a response to your bale of hay but lost it in theiphone. I will try again at work.
Has Walter left?

Happy days

steven said...

dan that's how i felt when my dad flew away. joy for his life and deep sorrow for his goneness. beautiful words for a difficult moment. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Walter's back home. Hospice services are in place. I'm bringing him some dinner tomorrow night.

Rebecca Johnson said...

Hi Dan, I have been in this place and others as well where it feels that paradoxical emotions live peacefully in the same place. My most memorable one was burning anger and total love all at the same time. It is how I know that I am moving toward wholeness.

Thank you so much for this poem. It is reminding me to hold everything sacred. My daughter is having a stompy, screamy, attacking morning and I hold that alongside your gentle words. : )

Love....

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Delwyn--

I hope try #2 works. I always enjoy your comments. At work? Have you gone back to work, as in a regular job?

Dan

Dan Gurney said...

Hi steven,

I've held very strong mixed emotions, too, when leaving kids at college. According to the Abhidhamma, a Buddhist text, we don't actually have mixed emotions, but discreet conflicting emotions happening extremely quickly (nanoseconds) one after another. I'm not sure about that... and, as a practical matter, don't think it really matters that much. But my subjective experience is to feel conflicting emotions simultaneously.

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Jenny. You're pretty masterful yourself with words and with drawings.

Dan Gurney said...

Rebecca, you said it, "It is how I know that I am moving toward wholeness." A whole heart would be vast beyond imagining and infused throughout with universal and unconditional love.

The Pollinatrix said...

I can only echo what Jenny said: Perfect capture.

jinksy said...

I shall have a go at 5-7-5-7-7 next time the Muse strikes; thanks for the tip...

Dan Gurney said...

Polli, thanks. I love the way poetry is being written and read in the blogosphere. It seems like a good, good thing, both for blogs and for poetry.

Dan Gurney said...

Jinksy, Go for it! I think you'll like it.

Delwyn said...

No Dan
I have always done the accounts for Beloved's business. I only spend about 6 hours a week at this stage unless it is the monthly GST reconciliation that I am completing. We are at the tail end of a project. I have always been involved in his work even if just a sounding board or for design ideas, and of course the landscaping at times.

Happy days