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Footsteps (rhyming tanka)

Updated on December 24, 2015

Walking in the rain

Mid the strangers and our pain

Footsteps bare refrain

Secret silence they maintain

Of a world that’s gone insane


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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ohhhh...I liked this very much, Martin. I love rhyme, and there is a lyric simplicity to the words in this Tanka which describe something so powerful and profound. Well done!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      You know what's going to happen now don't you? Well o course you will inspire me to compose a tanka.

      You are a great teacher and keep them coming.


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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Wow, Martin - talk about an about face! I adore this - the words are perfect - as is the accompanying photo..


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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Love it, love it! Explains the rat race!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Each step we take carries with it immense pain. Thanks for sharing, Hatter.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thought-provoking tanka!

      Actually, the world is insane because of humans since the beginning, whenever it really was.

      You might be interested in this article ~

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      very nice mhatter99

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I loved this. It sounds like Obama's first term.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Yup the world appears to have gone mad lol, or maybe its just the media steering things that direction and all. Hah, thanks for unleashing this cool one too, nice!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Martin I applaud you and indeed this is a world gone insane. Sigh...

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Those umbrellas certainly add to the meaning here. I can see it well!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a picture you drew! Loved it. Walking in the rain, wet shoes..Beautiful!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Very nice poetry again!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Had never heard of a tanka, but really do like it. Very well chosen words!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      So powerful and concise. Jamie

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      So true and much meaning in few words.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This is deep, Martin. I had to read it twice. Food for thought, for sure!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      wow, this one makes you think!

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      Hi again - I like this very much - so well, just right! Thank you.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Martin this is wonderful.. love it



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      AliceFSpencer 5 years ago from Texas

      :) Nice !!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I liked this! Thanks for a change of pace!