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The Shadow (A Tanka)

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Dead, dark street, haunted
By a shadow. Alone, she walked,
Unearthed the mound, sat
At the edge, meowed and jumped,
And the shadow left the street.

The Shadow

About “The Shadow”

This tanka is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. This time the two prompt words are Dig and Grave. Since using the prompts is not allowed, I am using their synonyms.

My synonyms are mound and unearth.

Because a tanka poem displays a mood or a state of mind, this poem is doing the same. It presents the state of the speaker’s mind.

The person’s mind has been compared to a dark and dead street. There is a shadow which I have compared to a cat.

Since cats are considered to be a bad sign, I have used her shadow. This shadow haunts the street. But later, it is seen that it jumps into the tomb itself and leaves the street.

By this poem, I wanted to present the idea that all of us create our fear. And only we can overcome it. We take ourselves to a bad situation and only we can make it better.

Well this was my perspective. You should find a meaning to this poem yourself. Every poem has the capacity to be interpreted in infinite ways. So do your own interpretation. I have just given my perspective and I eagerly wait to know what’s yours!

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4 Comments

  1. Well done, Mistella! I love the cat-shaped shadow. Very expressive. <3

  2. Even without the inner layer, a great description of a cat.

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