deep within the soil
perennial seed lies dormant
safe from winter’s scorn –
would that I could sleep as sound
oblivious to my pain.


Frank is hosting today at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. He’s asked us to write a poem about sleep or to use the word itself. My post today is a Tanka: 5 lines with a 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllabic content.  A Tanka should include a shift in tone after line 3 or 4. Here, line 4 shifts from nature to the personal.  Added note: written in the voice of another.

19 thoughts on “shroud

  1. Frank Hubeny September 28, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    That scene reminds of what what we will have in a couple months or so. The seed sleeps. Perhaps the seed is also like a dream.


  2. paul scribbles September 28, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    My biggest fantasy is that I could be a Bear for the winter. I could totally sleep through the whole shebang.


  3. Glenn Buttkus September 28, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Very meaningful tanka; enjoyed the metaphor. I pulled out the stops on my piece today-(3) american sentences. (3) Collom lunes, (2) tanka, and (1) haiku; don’t know what got into me.

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  4. Bev September 28, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Sleep seems elusive for each of us, as I read the offerings. Hibernation through pain is a pleasant thought! Oh would it could be so!


  5. Jane Dougherty September 28, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    This tanka has a rhythm. I’m not sure I’ve read one quite like this before, a sort of east meets west. Lovely.

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  6. alisonhankinson September 28, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    A lovely poem and I have found that sleep is a good antidote for pain.


  7. Vivian Zems September 28, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    “would that I could sleep as sound” too. Beneath the soil, no worries, no work, no bills and no diets…..sigh


  8. jillys2016 September 28, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Love the Tanka form! This is wonderfully crafted.


  9. Adda sayers September 28, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Sleep. Ahhhh. The agronomist in me wants to say a seed is annual, but that is me. 🤔 🤷‍♀️
    Lovely Tanka. ❤


  10. Truedessa September 28, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I think some nights I just want to slip into a deep sleep. zzzzzzzz


  11. kim881 September 29, 2017 / 2:03 am

    I wish I could sleep like that, oblivious to pain. But there are some aspects of winter I wouldn’t want to miss – the beauty and silence of freshly fallen snow, and icicles hanging from branches. You’ve given me plenty to think about in your lovely tanka, Lill!


  12. mhmp77 September 30, 2017 / 6:43 am


    would that I could sleep as sound
    oblivious to my pain.

    Like the seed it is being able to ‘sleep’. That is important in awaiting the change of seasons!



  13. nosaintaugustine October 2, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Oh, to go dormant in the tough times and awaken in the spring. Good job if you can get it! Lovely tanka and the photo is a great compliment to it!


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