Heather Burns


Tanka The Oak Tree


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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  • Bronze Star - 5,150 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

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