Church Bells

church bells ringing
announcing her wedding
on June twenty-fourth–
seated on the back pew
he wishes her happiness


c Copyright 2012, Freeda Baker Nichols

Callipe, Winter 2010

Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas Anthology, 2010-2011

This poem, a tanka, is considered a mood piece. Here, the moods I find  are happiness for one person, sadness for another. Writing tanka, the poet needs to use strong images and may use poetic devices such as metaphor and personification.



11 comments on “Church Bells

  1. Impressive how well both emotions came through in such a short piece!


  2. Ginger, your comment came in this time! Happy to see it.


  3. Dot Hatfield says:

    Love this. Very poignant.


  4. Dorothy Johnson says:

    I love it. Is there a specified length for Tanka?


    • Thanks, Dorothy. A tanka has five lines. Thirty-one syllables 5,7,5, 7, 7. The traditional form. Of course, there are variations, which is what mine is, contemporary, in shorter syllable count. They are considered mood pieces, about love, the seasons, sadness . . . Glad you liked it and commented. Always nice to hear from you.


  5. Pitty says:

    Nice tanka. First time I ever heard of a tanka begin described as a mood piece. pl


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