It’s the Lucky Dip Saturday Mix over at MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Today we are to write a Somonka:
The somonka is a Japanese form. In fact, it’s basically two tankas written as two love letters to each other (one tanka per love letter). This form usually demands two authors, but it is possible to have a poet take on two personas. Click here for a refresher on the tanka.
You’ll never leave her
But oh, how I wished and prayed
we’d be together.
You must grow a backbone
learn to stand up for yourself!
O, pshaw, pshaw!
I packed my things this morning
and left her for good,
But not for you, I’m afraid.
How’s that for backbone, my dear?