I needed more time to say what I wanted to say, so I drew upon the tanka form – more syllables and lines than the haiku. This is the first one I have written. I like the form.
This poem was written for a mail art piece to be sent to someone I know in the midst of treatment for an illness. It’s a reflection on the nature of life-changing events and the possiblity of hope in the face of trouble.
It’s not as it was,
true, but you’ll know what to do.
Amended, not gone.
Possibly the difference
Will be to your advantage.