Not lost in the woods, just walking

how can you be lost
with light filtering through leaves
on a woodland walk?
with nature as companion
paths are never far away

Kim M. Russell, 2016

not-lost-in-the-woods

My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #30 pilgrimage

We have reached the last episode of Tanka Splendor month, in which we learned Ten Tanka Writing Techniques by Teika and explored the beauty of Tanka.

Chèvrefeuille started Tanka Splendor month by sharing a tanka he had written, wondering whether it would change after this month:

lost in the woods
searching for a new path
between ferns
the early light of day
points the way to leave

© Chèvrefeuille

The tanka explains why he chose to do a Tanka month, giving words to Chèvrefeuille’s struggle with tanka – for him, tanka is a new path, because he is a haiku poet – and this month was the light that pointed the way from the safe grounds of haiku. However, he has decided not to change the tanka; instead he has shared another tanka with today’s theme, ‘pilgrimage’:

pilgrims transformation
as buds burst open in spring
flowering cherry trees
dancing naked to honor them
the beauty of the Sakura

© Chèvrefeuille

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