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Monday, March 21, 2011

Tanka for Magpie Tales #58

Willow prompts weekly with an enigmatic image to draw words from writers. This week:





a sword swallowing
marked the battle finale
tassels set a-twirl
forgotten wars rise again
replay the old times' folly

 
 
 
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38 comments:

Rob Kistner said...

The sad continuum of conflict - good work...

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Martin H. said...

So relevant, in light of current events.

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Brigid said...

You captured the truth, war is always part of our lives..somewhere. Lovely thoughtful piece.

LKHarris-Kolp said...

Lovely tanka... I especially like the last 2 lines.

~laurie

120 Socks said...

replay old time follies.....couldn't have put it better.

anthonynorth said...

One day we may understand.
Great words.

Marilyn said...

Well written, sadly true.

verseinanutshell said...

I enjoy this tanka very much. Great job!

Brian Miller said...

war then war then more war then...i wonder what we would do if we ever broke the cycle...

DebbyMc said...

"forgotten wars rise again, replay the old times' folly"

So, so good! When will we learn...

Kathe W. said...

it's like a long playing record stuck and continues to repeat and repeat our foolish errors
Excellent work.

Reflections said...

Excellent piece. and to this, when will man learn from his folly?...

"forgotten wars rise again"

so much said in so few concise words.

indiwriter said...

How true.. nicely put.

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Isabel Doyle said...

very good tanka

Tess Kincaid said...

I love the play on "sword swallowing". Nice.

Lyn said...

What an image this evokes! Never ending...

Old Ollie said...

These words are tumbled...sure, but tumbled so well. Enjoyed!

Jinksy said...

And wars are ever folly...

Helen said...

Your tanka is so well done ... not an easy feat.

R. Burnett Baker said...

Much truth in few words. Excellent write!

Rick

versebender said...

You got right to the heart of the matter. Sad reality, well penned. Vb

Friko said...

ad on and on, never ending . . .

Carrie Burtt said...

Oh how history does repeat itself...this is wise and beautifull written! :-)

Lena said...

So continuously true!

Southwest Arkie said...

Lovely tanta. I tried again last week, but failed miserably,...will have to keep trying, love this form. Very nice mag!

Tammie Lee said...

reminiscent of today's news....
well written.

jabblog said...

It is strange how interested people are to see re-enactments of battles. The reality is horrible.

Elaine said...

This is the tanka I wished I'd written. Well done!

Lolamouse said...

"folly" is so true.

Mary said...

Oh, very spare and to the heart of it. Love the 'sword swallowing'

April said...

Excellent!

Emily Young said...

i like the double meanings you bring out in "sword swallowing..."

well done!

signed...bkm said...

the old times folly for sure...and seems to carry on today just with different swords...bkm

mel said...

bittersweet in it's loveliness

Lucy Westenra said...

Perennial sentiments

chiccoreal said...

Dear Tumblewords: Appreciate your visual realism as applied to the nature of war-like "battle finale". Yes the war to end all wars; finally? When? Soon! Love always wins!

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Your post is so appropriate at this challenging time...it seems that war continues no matter how much we wish it were not true. Were it not true...great post.

Bee's Blog said...

You have captured the times we live in so well. I am in awe.