As we turn every corner of the Narrow Road to the Deep North, we sometimes stand up unawares to applaud and we sometimes fall flat to resist the agonizing pains we feel in the depths of our hearts. There are also times when we feel like taking to the roads ourselves, seizing the raincoat lying near by, or times when we feel like sitting down till our legs take root, enjoying the scene we picture before our eyes.– Soruyo

Contemplating this quote offered by Suzanne of On the Road and life as I know it, I wrote this tanka:

A life has cycles

as summer falls to winter

a pattern is clear

placidity precedes storm

and chaos ends in rest.


©2017 Ontheland

7 thoughts on “cycles

  1. I enjoyed your tanka and find parallels to my own life within it. I am very much tossing between the two states of the last two lines of your haiku at present. The moment of rest is the theme of the prompt I will post for the coming week. Thanks for responding to this week’s prompt.

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      1. Thanks so much for your feedback on the prompt Janice. I really appreciate it. Learning how to run a prompt site is challenging. I think that was my mind felt so sluggish yesterday. It’s all learning though 🙂

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  2. An interesting interpretation of Suzanne’s quote Janice. You reflect back on the cycles generated out of a haiku/Tanka that are in in turn shared by the writing of Basho and Soruyo.

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