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Bardic Arts

For Elsa

by
Makiwara no Yetsuko
(aka Jehanne de Wodeford)
February 28, 2004

Cherry blossoms vie
With winter's last hoary breath.
Petals and snowflakes
Whirl like dancers as they fall.
I'm cold, may I go home now?


Copyright ©2004 Lisa A. Joseph

"Waka, also known as tanka or uta is the ancestor of haiku. In my research on the arts of Heian Japan, I learned that this form was used for contests, in which one person might start the first three lines and others had to come up with the last two, or one poem must be answered by a new one. Lovers frequently sent messages using this poetic form, often using imagery from nature. As a courtly entertainment, it is extremely well suited to spur-of-the moment topics, in fact, several of the poems below were written in response to topical challenges. I have included the occasional note to provide context." -- Makiwara no Yetsuko


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