On dVerse Poets Pub Gayle sets the challenge : To write in haiku or tanka style, to the theme of Jisei (Japanese death poems).
Gayle also says, “In ancient Japanese, Chinese and Korean cultures, a practice was used at the time of death to capture the last words spoken. This practice was called jisei (in Japan) or death poem and is the “farewell poem to life.” Jisei was written by monks, samurai, the literate and poets of these cultures. One of the earliest recorded jisei dates to 686 C.E. (Common Era) or in Christian terms, B.C. (before Christ) with the death of Prince Otsu who was the son of Emperor Temmu of Japan.”
JAPANESE DEATH POEMS – tanka
I hear the sea sing
in my veins, of homecoming.
Save your salty tears
for life and its sorry tales,
not me. I am going home.
This vain, heavy shell
I no longer need, fading
softly like daylight
surrenders to night, sighing
soft promises of return.
This shell will return
to its womb. My sinews will
turn into roots, limbs
into tree-trunks. And my song
will trill out from the tree tops.
Soon, I will be rain,
falling on seeds, springing them
into life. Lusty,
fecund, virile, alive. Death
is a mere wisp of a veil.
What a treat to read these..all superb. The sea is paramount to me, but you have taken it much further ..something I would like read at my wake 😉
Thanks Kathy. That is high praise indeed.
A mere wisp of a veil..especially liked this line. Very nicely done.
Oh I like the thought of becoming the songs from tree-tops…
🙂 Your never know who the birds used to be….
A terrific tanka poems ~ I specially love the calling of nature – sea, shells, turning to roots and being rain & seeding life ~ Death is indeed a mere wisp of a veil ~ Love, love your share ~
Thanks Grace. Glad you loved it. Thanks for alerting me about the prompt.
Wow, I enjoyed all of them so much. Very talented, indeed.
This series makes dying an art! Just lovely.
These are – absolutely joyful! SOOOOO beautiful. I especially love the sea singing in your veins and the limbs turning into tree trunks. Wow!!!!!!
Amazing write, Jolly. 🙂
Most terrifying specter
living forever dead..
The references to the sea and returning home to it and being glad of that return…absolutely marvelous. these are so meaningful and in the few words of the form, you said so very much. All of these amazing.
You did a beautiful job with the prompt. The images evoked are profound and meaningful…and accepting, I like that idea.
These are just beautiful. My poetry book, “Jacaranda Rain” is based on a poem that speaks to returning to earth as a shower of Jacaranda blossoms…such a meaningful concept.
Thanks Victoria. That’s such a peaceful and beautiful thought, returning as blossoms.
Oh, oh, oh! Each one is beautiful
I think these are all wonderful.
Thanks Rosemary. Couldn’t go to your site.