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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Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of 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.


  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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