Carpe Diem ”Tanka by Shiki”

Today is another Carpe Diem Ghost Writer prompt, this time Jen of Blog It or Loose It provides a Tanka by Shiki to inspire us….

The man
I used to meet in the mirror
is no more.
Now I see a wasted face.
It dribbles tears.
© Masaoka Shiki

My response…

the boy
framed in the mirror
did he foresee
the man before me
reflecting on gray stubble

Smiles, love and laughter
© John Belchamber 2014

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About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of www.DementiaJourneys.com and other bits and other bobs.
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6 Responses to Carpe Diem ”Tanka by Shiki”

  1. Bastet says:

    The child can’t wait to become a man, the man to return to childhood.

    http://bastetswakalibrary.blogspot.it/2014/07/shiki-and-tanka-july-8-2014.html

  2. I love this – the mind darts to the past, present and future

  3. If the boy could foresee what he would become, he would never believe it!

  4. Ay, I’ve been here too — walking past a mirror or a window reflection and thinking, “who IS that woman???”

    Great tanka 🙂

  5. Cherish that boy inside of you my dear friend … life is a joy not withstanding age … nicely written tanka. Chapeau!

  6. this is just lovely, John

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