I don’t know if all of you are aware that I’m now a published tanka poet.
A tanka poem is basically a short poem. I have put the wiki link here to explain what tanka poem is.
When we moved to Caltech I needed something to do so I joined the Caltech Poetry group, where I met the wonderful Taura. She introduced me to Tanka poetry, originally I was a bit put off them by the brevity of them. However, I soon learnt to love them, it helped me get what was on my mind out there and written down. Eventually I got the courage to send them to Atlas Poetica, a tanka journal. with my first attempt I had tanka accepted and published.
I do now know I spelt Spancil incorrectly, but hey it was published. For those of you who don’t know the song this is my favourite version By Shane MacGowan
As you can see each Tanka is tagged with a location of where inspired me to write the tanka, which is where the name Atlas Poetica comes from.
Obviously after being published I was hooked. So i sent further tanka to the journal to see if I could get in again. And BANG!!! I was accepted again.
I know the last one was base before we moved here but I was thinking of past events as well as present ones.
I decided to tempt fate and to not be published by submitting again, but what do you know I was accepted.
And this time it was 4 being accepted. You can tell a lot of the time it is when I am travelling for visa purposes.
So I was going through my poetry scribble book to see if I could come up with more that weren’t from travelling. So I came up with some and sent them off. And….
With these two I was going about my normal life on a day-2-day basis. If you can class having an MRI as day-2-day, yea ok.
I was lead there after being complemented on looking very young for my age, then it hit me I could write jokingly that I made a deal with someone for eternal youth if I spent the rest of my life with him. No and I don’t mean that Christopher is the devil himself.
Then the other I was sorting through some clothes I brought back with me from home and I found a 20 pence in a pocket of a skirt I hadn’t worn for years.
I have been taking a break as I had a mind blank, but I’m hoping to soon have some inspiration to write more, I will keep you posted on that one.