Sunday, 5 June 2011

2011 Spirit of Japan Tanka Contest

avoiding the cracks
like I did back then
a little boy
willing his mum
to get well

I am pleased to announce that this poem received an 'Honourable Mention' in the '2011 Spirit of Japan tanka Contest.' You can read all of the winning poems by clicking on the title above. Enjoy.


Devika said...
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Devika said...

a beautiful poem, Paul...conveying the strains and above all the underlying love in parent-child relationships...beautiful, and congrats on the contest mention,

Also thanks for the link,


ps: there were errors, so posting it again :)

Kirsten Cliff said...

A story in five lines. Congratulations on your Honourable Mention, Paul.

Brian said...

Very touching, Paul. Well-deserved congratulations.

Kyoka(京華) said...

Lively image.Congratulations,Paul!

Paul Smith said...

Hi Devika, Kirsten, Brian & Kyoka, thank you so much.

Poetry so often allows us to bring forth that which would otherwise go unspoken. I appreciate your continued support.

Alan Summers said...

I know you will always be modest about your work but I seriously consider you to be one of the top world's tanka writer.

Breathtakingly poignant and utterly magical.

Alan, With Words

Paul Smith said...

Thank you Alan, you are always so kind.

I really enjoyed this weekend, it was great to catch up.

janetd said...

great stuff, so poignant - congrats

Paul Smith said...

Thank you Janet, good to see you back.