Travelling in the Wilderness (Tanka)

Photo by Mathias P.R. Reding on

Family strangers
Youngest — I am odd one out
Mission accomplished
Hurled into this mad, mad world
Did I really choose this fate?

Copyright Francis 2020

*Poetics dVerse.


26 thoughts on “Travelling in the Wilderness (Tanka)

  1. I’m really interested in titles at the moment (you might have guessed that). This tanka has an air of mystery, and the title gives an interesting additional dimension, I think. There’s a sense of questioning, of wandering. It’s very atmospheric. The image adds to that, of course.

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  2. I am intrigued by the background to your tanka, Francis, as I, being the oldest, was the one who travelled in the wilderness, the odd one out. It’s the ‘mission accomplished’ that drew me in – and the rhetorical question got me thinking.

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  3. Thank you, you’re very astute. I think it’s to do with the idea of being in between lives and accepting the ‘mission’ to be reborn! Do I believe it? It might explain a few things…

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  4. I can’t help but feel this isn’t the first time, but why can’t I remember the others? Maybe next time. If you believe you’ll be back again, it does take the pressure off a little…

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  5. …and there are those who think our lives are karma and we’re hear to learn lessons not learned in our past lives. I agree, it seems to explain some things….and give us something to think about.

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  6. I love when something I read excites me. This sent my memories humming. I’m the eldest, the odd one certainly, and I chose to jump before I was hurled. I can only say that I chose my path but fate has altered it often and for the best.

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