Heather Burns


Tanka The Oak Tree Poem by Heather Burns


The oak tree stands tall
firm under the winds of life
refusing to bow
admonishing the lineage
that can master it's being.

Submitted: Monday, July 04, 2011
Edited: Monday, June 24, 2013

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  • Gold Star - 8,401 Points Daniel Brick (9/1/2014 8:23:00 PM)

    I like the tanka form, and I think the extra syllables/lines over the haiku gives the poet a chance to clarify, even develop further her/his POV. And I love oak and willow trees. I was primed to appreciate this poem! I especially like the closing lines in which this oak encourages other oaks to fulfill their destinies. What pride! What a sense of honor! Obviously, I'm making the connection between the natural object and how it connects to human things. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,478 Points Diane Hine (7/4/2014 4:53:00 AM)

    I like tankas and this is a fine example. (Report) Reply

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