flying in a skein
wintering geese embroider
dense November skies
decorating angry clouds
with silken goose-foot stitches
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
Image by James MCallum found on http://www.ournorfolk.org.uk/
Today Chèvrefeuille has shared the third of Ten Tanka Writing Techniques by Teika: ‘Elegant Beauty’, characterised by harmony, balance, and beauty of cadence. He has given an example by the 7th century poet, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro from the Kokinshū, #9:409, in which we can see the elegant beauty in the smoothness of the scene and the fragile morning mist.
honobono to / akashi no ura no / asagiri ni / shimagakureyuku / fune o shi zo omou
on the shores of Akashi Bay
vanishing by distant islands
longing follows the ship
The prompt he has chosen for this episode is ‘departing geese’. However, they arrive in the UK in October and depart in March, so I have written about wintering geese.