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The Table (tanka)

Updated on May 11, 2013

Here is the table

Which had seen so much of life

Memories there fed

Magic moments were there spread

And now it sits so empty


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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      We love our kitchen table and we hardly ever sit in the kitchen when company comes. Beautiful poem. Voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This brought to mind a round coffee table I have in my living room because it has been with me since childhood. You could say we are friends for life the table and I.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Now I'm sitting here thinking about tables and what they see throughout their lives! Oh dear, I must remember to be careful around my table ;)

      Seriously, this is a beautiful and sad poem that reflects life so well.

      Voted up, beautiful and awesome.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      and yet - it endures...

      as we must...

      love you M

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Perhaps it will see new life. I hope so. Up and beautiful...

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Interesting...brings to mind one of those plaques you find on the front of otherwise mundane old buildings where someone famous once lived. I enjoyed it :-)

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Martin,

      This one brought back memories of sitting at my grandmother's table after her funeral and looking across at the empty chair she would always sit in.

      Very moving. Thank you for sharing.

      Vote up +++ and sharing

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very profound for just a few words. But that is what you master so well. Great piece Martin.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for this thought provoking tanka !

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      Dr Pandula 4 years ago from Norway

      Brings back memories! thanks for sharing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Many memories are created and contained within inanimate objects. It's miraculous if you really think about it. Nice poem, Martin.

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I've seen my share of empty tables.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I like the whole table concept so many things happen at the table and now it sits alone :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The table lays out many thoughts

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      I almost grieve connecting with your tanka

      Sadly, a family sitting around a table seems a rare event these days.

      Thanks for this.

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      A happy thoughts can break the spell.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Martin, you're going to make me cry... do you need someone to throw across the table? I'm just sayin'...



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      lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      I think we have all had tables like that before,.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, such is life . . . but now it would be time to invite new friends over for a great dinner party!!!

      God bless, Faith Reaper