Tanka poems are said to have been the poetry structure of the Japanese princes. Its structure by syllable is 5
Esther DeWaal, our spiritual companion at the beginning of this pilgrimage invited us to consider Tanka as a way of expressing our experience on this pilgrimage. Below enjoy some photos and some Tanka.
Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island)
Tanka Reflection, submitted by Barbara Dunn, pilgrim
We see God's embracing love
In all around us,
As this life changing journey
of pilgrimage leads us home.
Tanka, submitted by Tony Pompa (aka fearless leader)
Hearts up and open,
coracles of life boarded,
to find our true selves.
Holy stirrings of new life.
Tanka, submitted by Doris Burnside, pilgrim
Wales is left behind.
Memories never leave me
A Pilgrim Journeys
Rolling hills and lumpy sea
Renewed by faith, God touched me.
Boat to Bardsey prepares for the "lumpy" sea