Empty Space #Tanka Tuesday

 

Rail against despair

When deceit inters the truth

When corruption shrieks

And Narcissus chokes the void

With yowls from a vacant heart

 

For Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge. We had to use synonyms for empty (vacant) and space (void).

Sorry about the politics. I couldn’t help it with those prompts.

104 thoughts on “Empty Space #Tanka Tuesday

  1. Well done, Diana! And so timely. The damage over the past three years is indescribable. I pray we can recover…

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  2. Sarah says:

    Absolutely no need to apologize, Diana – I totally understand! At least the Narcissus in the original story was quite something to look at, can’t say the same for this grotesque monster.πŸ˜‚

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  3. Well done. These lines:

    And Narcissus chokes the void
    With yowls from a vacant heart

    Brilliant, my friend.

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  4. Jan Sikes says:

    Powerful, Diana! It speaks what so many of us are feeling!

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  5. Steve Tanham says:

    Complete empathy, Diana…

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  6. A very good response to the prompt, especially when considering the words you had to use. .

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  7. Lord, this felt good to read. And to scream out RESIST. Poetry is an excellent way to do so. Yours says so much in a few TANKA words. xo

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  8. Go you! Stick it to the man (with the orange skin and crazy hair) πŸ˜‰

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  9. This is fabulous! The commander in chief certainly yowls, doesn’t he? LOL! ❀

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  10. dgkaye says:

    Nailed it girl! So few words exude so much. Resist!!! ❀

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  11. No need to apologise, Diana – we can’t keep such an important part of society out all the time, especially when it speaks to us. Great prompt!

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  12. Annika Perry says:

    In a world filled with endless words of no sense, when vitriol is the accepted norm, your powerful concise tanka brings sanity and reason. Between your county’s politics and the unbelievable ineptitude of U.K. politics ordinary people despair… beggars belief how it got this far!

    Yep, I tend to avoid politics on WP but had to reply to this!

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    • Thanks for the comment, Annika. This poem came very easily and sums up so much of how I feel. That’s the power of poetry, I think. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m feeling hopeful lately too, despite all the terrible damage done. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. ❀

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  13. Nice poem Diana filled with truth bombs. May we lead with love and wisdom, even when our leaders won’t.

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  14. Erik says:

    Wonderful entry here, Diana. You’ll recall at the beginning of “all this,” despite my own strong views, I was taking the stand to avoid political commentary so that I could earn an ear, listen, learn and ask questions that might cause people to think new thoughts. I think it’s safe to say… we’re well past that. I’ve had to find creative new ways, as you have done here, to speak up without attacking the people with whom I’m conversing. It’s a tricky business but a necessary one.

    Just for fun, I’ll add a quick haiku (I used “blank” as the synonym for both ’empty’ and ‘space’). It represents those who’ve tried to ignore it, hoping it just goes away, yet who no longer can:

    A glint in blank eyes
    Fingers long numb clutch to fists
    The Undoing stirs

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    • Excellent, Erik! Thanks for the haiku. Well done, my friend. There certainly is a sense of numbness and unconscious determination among his devotees. The cheers at the recent rallies make me scratch my head. But that minority of Americans who are determined to turn away from the truth is shrinking. I think one way to resist is to protest and writer letters and express our outrage. Another is to keep spreading kindness and to work for justice. You’re good at that. ❀

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  15. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    Power poetry from D. Wallace Peach

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  16. memadtwo says:

    That vacant heart has no bottom. I had a similar reaction to the words. Hope to get it posted tonight. (K)

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  17. Steven Baird says:

    Well, politics is the elephant in the room these days. Powerful writing and message, my friend. Well done!

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  18. A msg so many of us relate too. Brava!

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  19. Story told so well in your powerful poetic diatribe! Sharing!

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  20. Yell it to the world in your Tanka, Diana! Great use of the synonyms for empty. πŸ™‚

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  21. Theresa (Tessa) Pulyer says:

    I love the impactfulness of it πŸ™‚

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  22. mistermuse says:

    No need to be “Sorry about the politics,” Diana. The situation facing this country (and the world, for that matter) far transcends politics. At a bare minimum, common decency, how we treat our fellow human beings, and “no one is above the law” are at stake.

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    • I agree, but I can go on huge rants, and I’m trying to keep the blog focused on writing and books. I have other venues where I speak my mind with vehemence – like to my congressmen and women! But I couldn’t help sharing a bit of my vitriol this morning (disguised as poetry.) πŸ™‚

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  23. Concise, loaded and well delivered. πŸ‘πŸ½

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  24. We have the evil king and those seeking to dethrone him- this would make an excellent fantasy novel πŸ™‚
    Enjoyed the poem, Diana- so talented ❀

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  25. Resist!! ❀ Well said Diana and I have my fingers crossed there's a growing number of folks waking up to their humanity and ditching their party line.

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    • It seems like those who want a kinder, gentler, and more responsible approach to life are finally gaining ground, Pauline. We’re not there yet, but perhaps there is hope. Keep spreading the love in face of all the fear and hatred. ❀

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  26. Diana, this is powerful. Stand up and cheer!
    Well done, my friend. Hugs on the wing!

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  27. This poem is quite impactful, Diana.

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  28. balroop2013 says:

    Why waste words when a few can say all…each word is loaded Diana. Only if people understand!

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  29. Well it’s not overtly political and for that, I thank you!

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  30. Jay says:

    Interesting way to take it!

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  31. His ‘wisdom’ scares the hell out of all of us!

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  32. Silent Hour says:

    Glad you couldn’t help it, Diana! After all, I expect some fighting spirit from a lady who swims with sharks!

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  33. Jen Goldie says:

    I hope your tongues in cheek 😊

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  34. Adele Marie says:

    Brilliant, Diana. xxx

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