Moth #TankaTuesday #Gogyoka

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Soft dust flakes from gentle wings
Which beat in the floodlights and moonbeams.
The lethal heat of halogen bulbs attracts you
Like lumps of gold attracts man.
Do you laugh when we die for a rock?


A new poetry form to learn!? Yes please! This is my first ever attempt at a gogyoka poem, as written for Colleen Chesebro’s February 4th Tanka Tuesday, Poet’s Choice.

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23 thoughts on “Moth #TankaTuesday #Gogyoka

      • robertawrites235681907 says:

        I was thinking that exact same thing about gold, H, when I saw the gold price running due to the corona virus. It is quite bizarre as you can’t eat or drink gold and it won’t save your life from a dreaded disease either.

      • Colleen M. Chesebro says:

        They should be written in a phrase the length of a breath. No sentences. More like thoughts, but that’s not definite either. If you have to take a breath to continue, I think it’s too long. The breath is important because most Japanese words are short in syllables. Our English language makes that difficult, I believe. I’ve been scouring the web for information for my book on this form. 😀

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