Lonely are her shoes #tanka #art

One of Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques as discussed by Jane Reichhold:

  1. Mystery and depth – yūgentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness


This category is associated mostly with Fujiwara Shunzei (1114-1204) Teika’s renowned father and tanka expert. Teika mentions this in some of his other teachings and uses as examples poem #3:254 Kin’yōshū by Toshiyori:


uzura naku / mano no irie no / hamakaze ni / obananami yoru / aki no yūgure


cries of quail
from the shore of Mano cove
winds blow
waves of plume grass
ripple in autumn dusk



black and white ballet shoes


dance is done

discarded ribbons on stage

shoes on a nail

old eyes caress memory

finger yellowed playbill’s dust


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