Michael Walker

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Neighbours. - Poem by Michael Walker

How close by are they?
Through the wall, next door, next floor?
Closer is less sure,
Though you could become friendly.
More distance is safe.

-13/14 March,2018.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Form: Tanka

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I have lived in a couple of stand-alone houses but more often in blocks of flats, giving me neighbours through the wall on both sides;
so I write from experience. Noise, stereos and loud talking can be issues in blocks of flats. Occasionally you might become like friends with your close neighbour, but more often not. That is why I write that more distant neighbours should not bother you.
The tanka is a challenging form, which asks you to count the syllables in each line, and to say as much as possible in as few words as possible. It is a disciplined Japanese form, like the haiku.

Comments about Neighbours. by Michael Walker

  • (3/15/2018 12:40:00 AM)

    It applies to countries too (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/13/2018 6:08:00 PM)

    Although very often we stay with neighbours still there is distance even in same block or street. There is less surety about closeness and there is less friendship among them. Next door, next floor and next wall are not so far or they do not separate us but this is the mentality of various people that separates. An amazing and brilliant perceptional poem is excellently penned...10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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