Tanka: Edge


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edge, you’ll never know
where to find it and how to
while standing safely
with a veiled transparency
in the quiet, inert centre

Tanka is a poetry form which originated in Japan more than 13 centuries ago. In its purest form, tanka poems are most commonly written as expressions of love, self-reflection, and gratitude. It contains five lines and 31 syllables in the form of 5-7-5-7-7.

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