Beacon in a Time of Darkness #tanka

Across dark chasms
Oh that little candle shines
Tiny flame is seen
A weary world of darkness
A good deed, a beacon


Written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.  This week was a theme week, for which I wrote a tanka.  The theme was:

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Funny – I discovered that “Chasm” is one of those weird words that has one vowel but two syllables.   As with my last tanka, I tried to make it so it could be read backwards.

Oh, the drawing at the top is the only thing I had with candles and it was for someone’s post on the 11th day of Christmas, so…

15 thoughts on “Beacon in a Time of Darkness #tanka

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Colleen. Te problem with using a Shakespeare quote as inspiration is that no matter how good you are, the original is always better ;) It was a great mercerize :)

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      1. trentpmcd Post author

        Thanks. A few weeks ago I reread Colleen’s description of a tanka and noticed that it aid it should make sense both forward and backward, so I’ve been shooting for that since then.



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