thousand scattered clouds
ablaze in sun’s wave goodnight,
how in the blink of an eye
this moment shall pass me by.
POETRY TYPE: JISEI
JISEI is a type of Japanese Poetry also known as the DEATH POEM. It was usually written by poets contemplating their imminent death. It usually was reflective in nature and tacked subjects like impermanence of life. It usually was written in the waka or tanka 5 line format. Some also utilized the 3-line haiku.
Here, I have used the Tanka, which can be read in two parts with the third line as a pivot i.e read the first 3 lines separately or the last 3 lines separately and it should make sense. Also, the tone of the poem changes from an observance of a scene in nature(1-3) to a reflection of one’s life(3-5).
INSPIRATION/CAUSE OF THE DAY: AASRA
With the rise in mental illnesses with depression as the forerunner, voluntary organizations like AASRA are the need of the hour. These call-centre based suicide prevention and depression support helplines provide a listening ear to all those in need. Here is their helpline number:
24×7 Helpline: 91-22-27546669
For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.
“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”