Moon, lost in orbit
looking for its sun, I am
a gaping silence
devouring your memory
an altar of your absence
I am participating in Jilly’s Half-a-poem Challenge by writing the first part of a Somonka. A somonka is a type of Japanese poetry framed in two tankas. It has love as the central theme and is a sort of a short love-letter exchanged by the persons involved. The mechanics are as follows:
“The Somonka is:
• a poem in 10 lines, made up of 2 tankas.
• syllabic, 5-7-5-7-7 5-7-5-7-7 syllables per line.
• composed in the form of statement-response,
• often written by 2 poets, one writing the statement the other the response but a single poet can write both parts.
• built around the theme of love.” (The information is from poetscollective.org, please click the somonka link to go to the site)
I invite you to write the response or the second part to complete the poem. Also, please check out Jilly’s page for more of the challenge. She has a half-piece of a Bop waiting to be completed. Other poet friends have also posted half-poems that you may be interested to complete as well. Have fun.
I am also linking with DVERSE POETS’ Open Link Night for the tanka. 🙂
I hope you do not think I am cheating, but I am linking the above picture to WPC: Elemental. To me, the photo both shows, in some poetic sense, loss and death, on the one hand, and the natural process of organic things turning to dust and becoming part of the earth again, on the other.