Writing Challenge: Tanka From A Grateful Soul
“If haiku is the sashimi of poetry, tanka is its heartier hand roll cousin.” Ben Huberman
disease comes calling
Seeps through tissues, organs, bones
Hands raised in prayer…
Answers found, test-tube culture
Tanka from a grateful soul
On hospital beds
The terminal and the “well”
All one step from death…
A doctor’s smile, a grimace
Each offers a doorway home
All of life is ephemeral. We come to truly understand that statement when we or someone we love is battling a life threatening illness. It is for that reason that the sages and wise ones advice us to live our lives with grace and gratitude. Take a moment to make someone happy. Take the time to hug your loved ones and smell the fresh air around you. All around us are new and ancient symbols that lift us up or bring us down. Embrace those that lift you and heal you. Stop and take in the symbols in your space. What symbols are in your surroundings? Add some light. Find things that add joy to your space. Share and be grateful for them.
Some of us never stop to look around us or take a moment to digest things. Why the rush? What do we think would happen if we stopped for a moment and spent some time in silence, in prayer or meditation? We rush to shut others out, bring some in, secure our temporary hold on XYZ. In the end, what matters is the love and goodwill we shared with others… I’ve created a collage of healing symbols above. Stop, inhale, and take a look at them. What’s your rush?
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” Gautama Buddha
Candles lit for hope
As time and strength fades away
Outside, life goes on…
Bad things invade good bodies
The outcome sometimes unknown
disease comes and goes
doctors interventions hold
Healing prayers help…
Thanks rise from a grateful heart
What’s left, a test for the soul
I chose a Diwali oil lamp to add above because it is a special celebration that symbolizes the rejuvenation of the human spirit in a festival of lights. ““Diwali also known as the “festival of lights”, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.”via Wikipedia. Healing comes in many forms and adding light to the mix is important.
When we recover from a challenging period in our lives, it is important to be grateful and share our thanks in whichever way we see fit; spiritual celebrations, charitable acts, honoring loved ones, and quiet or public proclamation of thanks. Our positive efforts bring more of that healing energy into our lives… Key is to keep up the fight and never give up or feel ashamed. You are not what ails you. Remember: We are all spirits in human form!
This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Write a Full Tanka. You can keep a tanka journal this week — where you’ll condense each day’s actions and thoughts into one tanka. You could publish each entry separately, or collect them all in one post which you’ll publish at the end of the week.
Positive Motivation Tip: Healing begins within, and each moment we utter a thank you or share our gratitude, the universe lights up to bless and help us.