Tanka 38 and 39

The students whisper
in the library where noise
I think it disturbs
the books and the people who
want to keep the books happy.

A new group sets out
opening the first pages
of the same textbook
that the previous crowd used
with such abysmal results

Artist trading card, 2015.
Study lamp.


14 thoughts on “Tanka 38 and 39

  1. There’s a very interesting point being made in that second poem about repetition sometimes thwarting learning, which undermines that whole “practice makes perfect” maxim.

  2. There’s repeat practice as propulsion and repeat practice to make the rut you’re stuck in deeper but I like to think the former is the more ususl experience.

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