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My Heart: A Tanka

Updated on December 19, 2012
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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When I was a young adult, I had the opportunity to live in Japan for a year. I learned to speak the language when I was there and carried my studies through upon my return to the United States. I have not spoken Japanese for some time.


As a poet, I have come to love the small forms, exemplified by the Japanese poets of the Basho era. Lately, I have been tinkering in these smaller forms, both in English and in Japanese. I hope you enjoy the fruits of my tinkering.


father

so sad

welcome

my heart


otosan

totemo kanshii desu

youkoso

watashino korkoro


all errors in Japanese construction are mine alone.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012


Tanka (短歌 is a short poem in Japanese. Although the form is often in a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern, I have taken liberty with form and syllabic structure. Gomen nasai.



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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Bobbi--Thank you! It is so good to see you!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      AudreyHowitt,

      You never fail to surprise and delight me with your work. I will try to visit more often.

      Thanks for the beauty of your words.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a great opportunity you had to be able to live in Japan for a year. Obviously you carry some of what you learned there in your heart and soul. Nice! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for stopping by yogawithbarb!

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      Barb 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Beautiful, Audrey. I have never lived in another country but it's on my bucket list.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Laurinzo!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hi Rosemary! Thank you so much!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this CrisSp!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Linda!!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Wonderful lesson... and thank you for the expression, I have al;ways been fascinated by their culture...

      HAPPY B_DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Beautiful! Thank you Audrey for teaching us about a Tanka!

      Happy Birthday to YOU!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you SkeetyD!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      It must have been an awesome experience living in Japan, A friend of mine's daughter taught English in Japan for many years.

      Thank you for sharing you beautiful poetry and your talent in 2 languages with us

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ah, the beauty of tanka waka! Good job Audrey! I enjoyed it!

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Though it was short, the beauty of it came through strongly. Great poem

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Beautiful, and stresses the fragility of relationships, Audrey!! Sharing!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Sue!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      Beautiful and delicate just like one's heart.

      Voted up and beautiful

      Have a great weekend.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for reading this one Vespawoolf! BTW, I love your pen name!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love the beauty and simplicity of Japanese poetry. What an amazing experience to live in such a fascinating country for a while. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts with us.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Senoritaa!

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      Senoritaa 4 years ago

      Liked this one! Must try out the form one day.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you AudraLeigh!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Rajan!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Ruchira! Thank you!!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      The fruits of your tinkering are ripe and full of beauty! Simple and powerful at the same time! So glad to see your words again!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      So brief yet so striking! Its beautiful and glad to know what a Tanka is and read one. Voting up, beautiful and shared.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I am glad you could create poetry in a language which was learnt years ago. You are Awesome!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Mike--tank you for reading and taking the time to comment!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Don!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Dana Teresa!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Dim for reading it! I am so glad that you enjoyed this piece!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I love these short Japanese forms. This one says much in so few words.

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      Ryan McGill 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      As a poetic minimalist you have me intrigued. thanks for this introduction and I will doing a little research. 'Tanka' very much, Ms. Howitt!

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      Mike Robbers 5 years ago from London

      Nice... Japan sounds like a big mystery to me, I hope I visit the place once even if the trip is long :)

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      DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

      So simple, I was aching for more. Are the father and the 'my' both sad? But both are welcoming, even the sadness.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Beautiful and interesting. I have now been introduced to Tanka. Thank you.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      The Japanese truly had a way of being able to express their emotions in a few words, and so have you. Beautiful tanka and translation, Audrey. Sharing!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Very impressive. How can a language I don´t understand sound so beautiful.? I don´t know but it did.

      Thank you for this.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Denise!!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a lovely poem-soft, yearning and the opening of the heart...

      I'm so impressed with your 'other' language. :) Rated up and beautiful.

      (of course the butterfly caught my eye...it is one of my totems).

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you IntegrityYes! Hope all is well in your world--

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet--I am experimenting!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Yay! Thank you RealHouseWife!!!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That is well-written and I definitely voted up.

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      An interesting form, I like it a lot, thanks for sharing:-))

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you b. Malin!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much reading and commenting Break of Dawn! Much appreciated!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yay! Loved it - glad to see it back up too:)

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Beautiful Poem in both Languages Audrey. Very Meaningful.

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      Break of Dawn 5 years ago

      Short, intense and very impressive! Thank you.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie for reading --

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you mcbirdbks!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Debbie thanks!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you IntegrityYes!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Brilliant Audrey, thank you for sharing. I hope all is well. Jamie

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I thought Tanka was a truck. But you proved me wrong. Simplicity at its finest.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you kashmir!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Audrey.. I am impressed too.. this is so awesome my friend

      many blessings

      Debbie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Cyndi!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this Joyce--I am experimenting!!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That is so cool and I definitely voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby! I am not sure that I really can--I am pretty sure that my syntax is awful

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      HI Frank!!! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you snakeslane!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Audrey, like I thought you had lost your English and I had no idea what the first verse said. Then a great surprise to read the unraveled verse.

      Vote up and beautiful, Joyce

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very beautifully Tanka, it was a awesome read !

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I hadn't heard of tankas before, but trying to sound it out in my head, it was so poetic! Beautiful!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well I think it is clever, and be proud. I wish i could write in Japanese..

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Faith Reaper--thank you for reading this piece---I really don't know what I am doing with it---

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      I loved it Audrey but I thought you were having a stroke as you wrote the first verse.. didn't know it was another language..LOL

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Audrey, So clever and beautiful. Regards, snakeslane

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      This is very beautiful Audrey. Bravo for you, and Japanese and all. Excellent. Voted Up, awesome, beautiful, interesting and useful. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      You crack me up Martin!!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      If your object was to thoroughly impress... congratulations.