Friday, January 10, 2014

Strolling through

strolling through
the holiday market
each year
the array of delights
delighting us less

—A Hundred Gourds, December 2013

With this tanka, I'm stretching out the holidays a bit! (AHG asks that you wait at least 40 days after they've published your work before you share it again with the world.) I can find it hard to let go of Christmas anyway; my tree and other stuff often are up well into January. 


  1. How true! And those tired after Christmas sales, almost as soon as you clear the table - seem so joyless to me. Though, thus far, I've managed to avoid them and try to hang on to a bit of the delight for as long as I can.

    Also, I enjoyed reading A Hundred Gourds. Thanks for posting that!

  2. Having a severe allergy to shopping, I can certainly relate to this one!

  3. Thanks, you two! I've grown to dislike Christmas shopping myself, going to great lengths to avoid the crazy crowds. This "holiday market" I mention is quite nice and not too chaotic, held in late Oct., but there's only so much "stuff" we "need" to have. And over the years, many of the "crafts" seem to have been replaced with fancier store-bought items.

  4. p.s. wendy, glad you took a look at AHG. maybe you'll start writing tanka sometime. ;)

  5. Well, you never know, Janet. One of these days I may just give it a go. It would be interesting to see if I could muster up the self-discipline required and not go gadding off - as (you may have noticed) I have a tendency to do when I pick up a pen. I do like tanka, though. There is something very crystallizing inherent in the form. Smiles.

  6. It's addictive. If you decide to try it, besides AHG, you can check out Tanka Online, American Tanka, Modern English Tanka (archives), Atlas Poetica, etc., for many examples and explanations.

  7. P.S. And the Tanka Society of America:

  8. We usually keep the holiday decorations up into Jan. past the 6th, but we were stuck in the house with frigid cold. There was nothing else to do but take down the decorations. And, I know what you mean about the "delights" getting a bit tired.


  9. Can you please come to my house to pack up my decorations?!