No synonym for
my state of mind, encouraged
by teacher-poet
that less is frequently more.
The word I want is grateful. 

Hannah’s prompt  at We Write Poems was to write a Tanka.  Tankas are often about nature and the nature of craftmanship .  Mine is about thankfulness for a fundamental lesson learned from a poetry week spent with RV Bailey and five other fine poets.

I think the mood is sufficiently shown to qualify for the prompt at Poetry Jam to write a poem with an established mood.


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19 Responses to THANKFUL TANKA

  1. Margaret says:

    Yes, sometimes the small tokens of love are cherished most… 🙂


  2. JulesPaige says:

    Short forms are fun. I enjoy tanka too. Your verse is eloquently complete.
    Thanks for your visit.


  3. Love this poem, Viv.


  4. margo roby says:

    Short poems took me the longest to learn to write, yet I love them for their single focus and clarity of image


  5. Julie says:

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder that we all need to understand the value of simplicity. The choice is within and it should be at the top of our gratitude list.


  6. nan says:

    Ah, gratitude! Very nice – and inspiring! Thank you!


  7. A thank you tanka!!! So apt!! I love this, Viv for a mood poem too…very glad that you had a good time of it!


  8. I love your tanka of gratitude:)


  9. Less is more ~ A grateful heart indeed ~


  10. brian miller says:

    less is often more…and gratefulness a beautiful thing…smiles….nice tight little write…


  11. Helen says:

    I also enjoy reading and writing tanka … yours is wonderful ~ I definitely get your mood!!


  12. Being grateful is definitely a state of mind. So much to be thankful for in life. I love “less is more” too. Nice write 🙂


  13. Claudia says:

    less is frequently more…i totally agree…and i def. like your thankful tanka..a whole poetry week sounds awesome..


  14. Mary says:

    Less, less is often more……in poetry as well as other situations. And grateful is something we should all be for soooo many things.


  15. ManicDdaily says:

    Absolutely–less is more–not something bloggers find easy, ESP. Me. Hard when writing fast not to spill. I love your Cohen poem. K.


  16. Sometimes we forget exactly how much we do have to be thankful for. Nicely said Viv.


  17. dani says:

    a wonderful mood and tanka! it’s one of my favorite forms!

    thank you for participating at Poetry Jam!


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