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my latest collection of Tanka, senryu and zen

Posted by jan oskar hansen on August 1, 2010 at 8:20 AM

JAN OSKAR HANSEN

A collection of Tanka

Senryu, Haiku and Zen

Jan Oscar Hansen

[Pick the date]

Regarding Tanka, Senryu, Haiku and Zen, I follow my own rules.

 

Addiction

 

 

Rain has abated

A man under an awing

Counts falling raindrops

He has little else to do

He stopped smoking last night

 

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Fiddles with a lighter

Clicks it on and off forever

Giggles to himself

Kicks in a sweetshop window

Grabs a handful of “all sorts”

 

Tanka

 

New Moon

Storm was throwing love about

Impossible night

Yet, she said she loved me

Who needs moon light now?

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Endless rain

We sit indoors

Learning to know each other

…………

Candlelight

Electricity gone

She is beautiful tonight

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Dawn

Rain falls softly

As not too wake us too early

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Tanka (Animal Welfare)

If I were a chicken

I would love to live in Swiss

Protected by law

You have to kill me quickly

Before grilling me.

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If I were a seal

I would like the open sea

Shun hunters on ice

Who would only sell my skin

To the rich ladies of Swiss.

.................

 

Senryu

Today

I see what was best for me

Yesterday

………

Today

I see what’s best for me,

Tomorrow

………………

Today?

How I’m supposed to know?

It’s still early day

....................

Tanka

Time has altered

After the quack In Chile

Seven o’clock is late

It only arrives near eight

And we get to live longer

..........................

Senryu

Death is not the foe

It is a columniation of living

Sea of nothingness

………………

Forever is a word

Too awesome for one to grasp

It has no horizon

………………

The worried man

Was so very fortunate

Died before doomsday

 

Senryu

Peace in our Time?

From coliseums of our days

Fans scream for blood.

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Senryu

Afghanistan

When bombs has creates wasteland

Then we call it peace.

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Tanka

When the masses shriek

A soldier’s silence stands out

He loves his enemy

Knows of his fear and courage

They are true brothers in arms

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Tanka

When Obama met Lama

Tennis players met in Dubai

China refused to play

When Hamas lost the first match

The winners hurriedly left.

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Tanka

Moral nihilism is

Punishing a whole people

Celebrate injustice

Blind to victims suffering

Victory without valor.

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Senryu

She looks kissed

Has been eating strawberries

Night is closing in

…………

Her love long fallow

An old man smiled broadly

Now she’s his nurse

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He cheated the rich

They sent him to jail forever

So mind whom you rob

………………..

Now that I’m old

I welcome every new day

But I still hate rain

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Hell. (Tanka)

The last man on earth

When the night sky is inky

Will die screaming

His cry will freeze the oceans

And its echo rent the sky

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Tanka

Never been to Prague

Not seen the Kafka statue

And it makes me sad

I have been to East Germany

It broke my socialist heart

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Haiku

Rain takes a break

Jaded by its own languor

White clouds and sunlight

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 

Senryu

Once ardour is ember

Out of the ashes flies

The bird of friendship

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Tanka

Accept old age

The smug tellers of lies say

Accord is mortal

The smug think they are undying

Liars fear the truth

................... 

Senryu

In the mind’s mere

Tiny, silvery fishes swim

Called senryu

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Senryu

Poor Barack Obama

One year as US president

And he tows the line

..........................

 

Tanka

As the world heats up

Surveillance will be easier

Naked and vulnerable

In a line stretching for miles

We wait to be castigated

.............................

Tanka

Airport humiliation

Standing there without shoes

And holes in socks

Belt, wallet, coins in a box

Me! I rather take the train

 

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Red plastic roses

Faded sepia by neglect

Melancholic bouquet

………..

Red plastic noses

For us to look at and laugh

Sad is the joker

 

 

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The gloomy guy

At the traveling circus

Is its funny clown

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Haiku

Torn old diary

Thrown hotly into the bin

Tells of broken love

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The old diary

Modest amongst bigger books

Keeps my many dreams

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Brown old diary

Coldly exposes my sappiness

Leaves me mortified

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Haiku

Algarvian rain

Falls mainly in opaque nights

When moggy kills mice

………

On cold winter days

When sky is icy sapphire

Sun’s a jaded eye

…………..

November still day

Peaceful chimney smoke shimmer

Fox spoors on new snow

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Haiku

Compass pointing south,

I migrate, follow the sun,

But my heart looks north.

………..

Chopping winter wood

The eye of a fire is blue

The colour of yours

……………

At twilight,

I shot a raven

Night fell down.

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Tanka

The seashell I found

On the people empty beach

I can’t listen to

If the siren’s calls my name

I will drown in her embrace

.............................

Tanka

Ashes on the sea

A showy and mean gesture

From earth to earth

Let me fertilize a tree,

Say, a flowering almond tree.

.......................

 

Tanka.

Painted the floor green

Sit in a corner and wait

Quick drying paint

Four hour it says on the can

Where I sit it’s a life time.

.........................

Senryu

Epiphany me now

With your enchanted smile

The forever I’ll see.

.......................

Tanka

Lucid as the day

Blinding sunlight obscured you

When I could see

The night had devoured you

Into a cloudy haziness

..............................

Tanka

Mirror in the hall

Don’t sarcastically laugh

When I walk past

On my way to the kitchen

To eat another strawberry tart

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Tanka

There was a time

When the famous kept leopards

As an accessory

Now they keep an orphanage

Of colourful children

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Senryu

God doesn’t do email

Hand delivered post only

Stamps not needed.

……….

Lucky butterfly

It doesn’t look like a gnat

And get whacked.

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Tanka

 

I wake up early

Think the new day’s lovelier

Than the one before

Sit up and recklessly laugh

It’s my bonhomie you see.

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Tanka

Woke up cheerful

And I greatly worried why

Till the sense ended

And I was my grumpy self

Happiness is frivolous

 

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Tanka (x-mass warning)

Santa brought us gifts

He had jolly good dram too

Claus was arrested

Didn’t drive his reindeers though

But crashed uncle’s old Volvo

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Haiku (stillness)

Echo of a phone

Ringing in another room

Rays of light and dust.

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Buried her yesterday

My room is full of silence

Dog hair on the floor

............................

Senryu

Stillness is

The flapping of wings

In the forest

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Stillness is

The falling of a leaf

In October

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Senryu

Morning zephyr

Flapping kitchen curtains

Aroma of coffee

………….

A grizzled donkey

Under a big carob tree

Makes it pretty.

………………….

In a dead rabbit’s eyes

I saw the vast empty sky

Unmoved and godless

............................

Senryu

A smile from you

Erases the cosmic loneliness

Of icy stars

..................................

Tanka.

Talk to the net

Listen to the faint echo,

Of virtual droning,

The unspoken loneliness,

Of dreamers caught in a void.

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Tanka.

I have traveled long

Blessed by Gobi’s new moon

Bit by scorpions

Seen tall ships sail up said down

Yet, found my way back home

......................................

Tanka.

I have voyaged long

Sailed across seven seas

Canoed great rivers

Humiliated by the infamous

This I did and you married Fred!

..............

Zen

Icy morning

Frost on window

Back to bed

.......................

Haiku

Indian summer,

Is an actor who won’t share

Limelight with autumn.

...........................

Senryu

Mighty flood

Ocean is your destiny

Deadly her embrace

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Zen

Sad sight

Is a butterfly

Not prepared

For winter.

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Senryu

The kitchen clock

Ticks slow in December

Too fast in May

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Air freshener

Perfumed chemicals

In spray cans

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Haiku

On a sunny wall

Bluebottles hum and feel safe

Spiders like the dark.

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Rocks in the lake

Are older than the blue mountain

Petrified stars?

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Senryu

When mother moon

Illuminates birch trees

Tears of silver fall

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Haiku.

The ephemeral

Frost roses on my window

January morning

…………

Forced silence… is

A hushed scream of despair

At a funereal

 

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Mourners tanned faces

Paled by the open grave

Beads on worried brows

They sang and cried

Then walked out into the sun

Leaving me alone.

...........................

Kashmir

Cannons splinter rocks

On high mountain tops

Frost kills soldiers.

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Guilt

Linked embryos

Carries a nuns silver cross

She bears our sin.

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Image

Grim is poverty

The rich find it colourful

When seen on film.

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Class

I shed the shackles

Of the working class slums

Free now to dream.

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Love

After tantrums she laughs

Cooks me a curried chicken

I’m often hungry.

............................

Senryu

The electric fan

scornfully circulate warm air

throws it in my face.

……………

Today’s oppressive heat

will be a winter day’s dream

of a summer gone.

………………

A dazzling woman

Deserves a beautiful poem

After she’s forty.

……………..

An ugly woman

Deserves a dazzling poem

Every morning.

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Senryu

The transitory

Saw and touched her yesterday

Now I need a spade.

,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Tremulous anguish

Morning after a long night

No beer in fridge.

…………………

Curtained windows

Tremors and spilling coffee

Phone ceaselessly rings.

…………….

Outside my door

The nice couple from AA

Test their friendly smiles.

 

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Senryu

The angry ocean

Left its irate foam behind

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Haiku

Auburn leaf

Rustling along night streets

Whispering regrets

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Senryu

In a mythic glade

Crane and vixen danced

Mortal tango.

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Senryu

Night rain fell

Softly as lover’s whispers

At dawn

……………….

Lone streetlamp

The only witness to snowflakes

Falling gently

…………………

Sea mist came

White as a coat of silence

And nirvana sighed

……………………

From an ash tree

Excess moonlight dripped

A treasure trove

.................

Senryu

On the fenland

Escaped sunbeam danced

Late at night

...................

Zen

Spun wishes

Make new day

-----------------

Zen

A cock

That crew early

Loses its head

............................

Senryu

When one talk

Another must listen

Let it not be me

 

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