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Drifting Apart - Tanka

Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.


Tanka is a form of poetry that follows the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure. They may be about nature, or human emotions, or both of these combined. Traditionally Tanka are written as individual poems of 5 lines, but here I have strung together 4 Tanka, and created a larger poem. My attempt here is to express a relationship (between any two people) that slowly breaks into pieces over the course of life, while at death these two people unite, and finally realize they were not meant to drift apart at all.

The Poem

Close under lights dim

Shadowed till melting crimson

Bright broken daylight

Paths forked into wilderness

Hands slowly drifting apart

I hiked across rain

And snow-capped peaks of ranges

You swam to the seas

A foot on pale yellow sand

Minds slowly drifting apart

Blue toes sank on ice

Hardened with a lonesome chill

Miles deep from the sun

Where you lay in turquoise blue

Hearts slowly drifting apart

Laid in a casket

They joined our hands forever

In death we held on

To a togetherness lost

Souls that would not drift apart

© 2018 Rinita Sen

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