Tanka Tuesday #244

Lithograph by Benton Spruance (1935)

Death sits dejected

on the steps as cold as tombs

all joy and colour

leached from the empty houses

for the living have all gone


Merril D. Smith selected the image this week. It’s a lithograph and you can read more about it HERE. Remember, we can see what’s in the image, so write your poem using the image as an inspiration. Don’t just describe what you see in the lithograph. Think about metaphor and allegory. Just remember to check what form you’re using. Some of the Japanese forms frown upon the use of metaphors. This challenge explores Ekphrasticwriting, inspired by visual art.

Tanka Challenge #244

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  1. Yes! It’s a bad night when death knocks at your door! Well done! ❤


  2. Nicely done! It flows, and then gives you a punch at the end!

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