- Scotty, the Bearby Gypsy Blue Rose
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Tanka Collection
: Scotty, the Bear by Gypsy Blue Rose
Dedicated to my son

discarded Scotty

     once precious, now on your room's floor —

collecting dust

amidst laughter trapped inside

this capsule caught in time


Author Notes
My son had a teddy bear called 'Scotty' when he was little. He took it everywhere. Now my son is all grown up with a family of his own.

Tanka is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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