Meditation Mantra [tanku]

bird on spring branch

Outside my window
a little bird’s tiny chirp
leaves me with a smile
“Be! Be! Be!” is her mantra
“Here! Here! Here!” is my response

We repeat our chants
until this Buddha spirit
lifts her wings in flight


I made up the term “tanku” because this poem is made up of a tanka followed by a haiku.


Day 23 prompt: Today, we challenge you to honor this idea (“when you hear it, you write it down”) with a poem based in sound.

Photo by Ray Hennessy courtesy of Unsplash



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