Full Moon

Written for:  Carpe Diem #13 – Teika’s 5th Tanka Writing Technique, “Lofty Style”
or full moon

Lofty style – taketakaki tei, a method of achieving grandeur and elevation

One of the traditional examples of this style is the poem by Fujiwara Yoshitsune (1169-1206) composed on the given theme of “the moon at dawn” in the Shinkokinshū #16:1545:

the coming dawn
pushes open the Gates of Heaven
from the clouds
the moon from the Age of Gods
is an image left behind

A beautiful tanka I would say and in this one we can easily see what this Tanka Writing Technique is about. The goal of this technique is to bring your tanka to a higher level, even a more spiritual level I would say.

in the full moonlight
wandering along the beach
the sound of the surf
two hearts go bare foot as one
without knowing each other

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

behind fir trees
a halo of brightness shines
a dipping full moon
a blue-white backdrop for
nature’s evening performance


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Full Moon

  1. A beautiful tanka Sara … I think you have caught that “lofty style” in a nice way.


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