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Flee The Sky – A Tanka

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Shadows stain asphalt,
roads tainted with silhouettes,
light consumed by dark,
salt crystals masked by ebony,
till night, when Sun flees the sky.

Tankas are five-line poems originating from Japan, though in a short time, they have become popular in English poetry too. Like haiku, its shorter poetic counterpart, the tanka’s short structure means that precise word choice and painting a picture in the reader’s mind is at the forefront of writing in this style.

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Flee the Day

Drooping over
the bridge of day,
falling into the
deep pool of night.

Above,
an arc looms large,
majestic, pronounced,
a frame woven with
the edge of a zip.

Below,
the water is dark
as if waiting to engulf me
into the smooth tranquillity
it breathes.

Midway,
we flee
no going
back,
the waves ripple
like the beats
of a slow metronome.
Just like we had begun,
we can feel only calm.
At the very bottom
we wait,
to be on the bridge
of tomorrow.
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