Monday, 23 October 2017

Tanka Project #17: Floral

Here's a tanka inspired by the Fat Mum Slim photo a day prompt, 'floral', and also by a conversation I had with someone about high tides. The tides are very high at the moment, and apparently these are called Spring Tides even though they're in Autumn. I guess it's Spring somewhere!


Sunday, 22 October 2017

Projekto Tanka #16

Translating tankas into Esperanto is not easy. Esperanto always seems to need a lot more syllables, and what I thought was pared down has to be pared down even further. Elements of meaning are lost along the way, but other meanings develop. A friend told me that in a really pared down poem all that's left is the truth. I don't know if that's true, but it's a nice idea.

Today's tanka is inspired by tanka #2: Don't waste your life, love. But it's much simpler, and basically says 'Don't waste life, there's lots to do and I'm not here. Life is essential so live my darling.'


Traduki tankaojn en Esperanton ne estas facile. Esperanto ĉiam ŝajnas bezoni multe pli da silaboj! Elementoj de signifoj perdiĝas laŭ la vojo, sed aliaj signifoj disvolvas. 


Hodiaŭa tanka estas inspirita de tanka # 2

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Tanka Project #15: Golden

This started off as a ranting poem about Brexit, but even though I still firmly believe in my rant, it doesn't achieve anything, so instead I've made it personal and noted that we all of us have things we don't want to understand, and they will make us stuck.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Tanka Project #14: Unhuman

This is another tanka that's come out of the work I've been revisiting lately. It's about gun control, 'illegal' immigrants, human trafficking. All of that cheery stuff.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tanka Project #13: Robot

It seems that poetry editors all over the world have had a bit more time to crack on at home lately, and I've had a rash of rejections and been reworking some of my stuff in the light of that.

A few tankas have come out of this process and here's the first, using a gardening robot to imagine what we might do to our own future.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Projekto Tanka #12

Esperanto is a language crafted for peace. It's about ten times easier to learn than other languages and has a lot less of the baggage of colonialism that English lugs around with it.

I love the English language, but think that you get so much more from the world if you can see it through another language too, so I've been learning Esperanto lately, and here's the first of my Esperanto tankas.

This is loosely based on Tanka #1: I seek to conjure, although due to there being more syllables in Esperanto, and more simple language, I've reduced it down to being a poem about summoning Autumn through an imagined painting of the leaves.


Esperanto estas lingvo kreita por paco. Ĝi estas proksimume dekoble pli facila pli ol aliajn lingvojn. 

Mi amas la anglan lingvon, sed mi pensas, ke oni vidas pli multe de la mondo kun alia lingvo, do mi lernis Esperanton lastatempe, kaj jen estas la unua el miaj Esperantaj tankaoj. 

Ĉi tio estas inspirita de tanka #1.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tanka Project #11: Moonlight

Today's tanka is a shorter version of another poem of mine, inspired by women coming together through the ages.