Carpe Diem Tanka, haiku

On White Sand

The writing goal for the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Tanka Shrine series is to create a new Tanka in the same tone, sense and spirit as the featured Japanese poet, Ishikawa Tokuboku.

At first glance, his poem looks like a happy beach scene; however, with a sudden switch in words, we find a grieving person – crying, yet also preoccupied by a crab.

I thought about little children, how easily they can get preoccupied, especially along a beach shoreline. Now what about a good parent who gets distracted for just a few moments…

My Tanka follows the master Tokuboku’s poem.

On the white sand
Of the beach of a small isle
In the Eastern Sea
I, my face streaked with tears,
Am playing with a crab
~ Ishikawa Tokuboku

shore, haiku, tanka, loss of child, sadness, unattended child

surfer riding waves
in the blue pacific sea
a child on white sand
plays before father returns
sudden surge takes her home first

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If you would like to add your own Tanka version or simply looking for haiku inspiration, please have a visit at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Enjoy a few more in this series, Tanka Shrine :

♥ Carpe Diem’s Tanka Shrine, Ishikawa Takuboku’s “on the white sand” (

♥ Carpe Diem Tanka Shrine: On The White Sand (

♥ On the White Sand (

♥ Lost in the Fog #photography #poetry (

let there be light, cemetery, death, brevity of life, weekly photo challenge, sunset, su light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

The first day began …
“God saw the light was good.”

Everyday the world greets a new sun rising,
we tumble through our days,
reaching deep for paradise –
a place of endless peace and happiness

I wonder about this utopia –
as the light slowly sets
over loved ones
now resting in peace.

Their souls whispering…

let there be light, cemetery, death, brevity of life, weekly photo challenge, sunset, su light

let there be light
to mourn the silence that comes
the day life ceases

     and nothing remains, except –
our legacy left behind

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More wonderful collections here → Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

This one grabbed my attention…deLIGHTful… → Weekly Photo Challenge-Light (

tan renga, november, carpe diem

Regrets by the Bagful

Since the featured haiku for the Carpe Diem November Tan Renga Challenge below is mine [smiling] I am guessing this is more a Tanka – the Japanese poem written by one person, consisting of a haiku followed with a two, seven-syllable lines, rather than a true Tan Renga.

The haiku comes from my Seashells Haiku post. Here we go…

gathering seashells
while ocean tide rise and falls
two sisters bicker

casting lines of hurtful words
both take home bags of regrets

Kiddharma, bags of regrets, bickering sisters, tanka, casting lines, hurtful words

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Carpe Diem Tanka, haiku

Fool Prints

autumn’s fallen leaves
swirl with the cold northern wind
kittens led to chase
imaginary wild birds
flapping about in the whirl

Franz Marc, expressionism, tanka, carpe diem haiku, creative writing

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Inspired by Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Tanka Shrine “Small Footprints”

My first attempt at a Tanka. Traditionally defined as a Japanese poem with five lines, the first and third have five syllables and the other seven –  making 31 syllables in all & hopefully, giving a complete picture of an event or mood. If you visit Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Tanka Shrine you will find the original Tanka poem by Mariko that inspired my Tanka above.

Smiles, laughter and creative inspirations to you! Thank you.

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