twins, singles, boys, girls
the women I know bring life
new and repeat moms
their eyes light with this fresh joy
my knitting hands stay busy
Fourteen women I know have just or will soon have a total of sixteen babies. It’s pretty amazing. I am not close enough with all those ladies to be knitting for all those babies, but the nine women I’ll be knitting for includes one set of twins, and ten babies is plenty to keep up with!
(I had planned to contribute a prize for the SOL challenge last month, but seeing how many baby things I had lined up made that impossible. Maybe next time?)
I’ve hit almost exactly the note I’ve been looking for with a couple of these tanka. Still a long way to go, though. I continue to look at the idea of the third line making a pivot point. When done correctly, lines 1, 2, and 3 and lines 3, 4, and 5 can be read as complete, separate poems. The first makes a traditional haiku. The second makes a katuata in its original form. I rearranged today’s tanka a few times to get a third line that fell into place properly.
Is it obvious that I’m having some fun with this tanka-learning experience? I talked to my morning class about it today, gave them a mini-challenge for spring break. I know some students will deftly rise to the challenge — I can see I have more than a few ‘natural’ poets in the class — others will have to stretch a bit. I can’t wait to see what they bring back to class after break!
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