Day 11 NaPoWriMo… Tanka : New Birth

Day 11 NaPoWriMo : Today’s prompt is write a Tanka , ( poem of five lines or five line stanza working on syllables, with the pattern being 5-7-5-7-7.) I dug into my own memories for these three Tanka on new life. 


New Birth

Pain,such awful pain

Silence broken by a cry

Gut wrenching raw fear

A weak  cry such joy to hear

Awaited  child at long last here.


Silence what is wrong

Should he be blue, panicked ask

heaving, oxygen mask

Glass case wires and tubes please God

Keep him safe we love him


Bright sun but cold wind

Snug in a multicoloured shawl

Proud smile hides the nerves

Safely homeward bound at last

Into the future, not lost.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bernice
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 19:36:25

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    Apr 12, 2013 @ 00:55:58

    beautiful beautiful beautiful !


  3. davebarclay1954
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 01:53:20

    Wow, terrific poems, I enjoyed reading them but was it painful remembering the first of them?


    • willowdot21
      Apr 12, 2013 @ 08:03:53

      I am pleased that you liked the Tanka, all three refer to the birth of our eldest son. Yes it was painful and very frightening. Thankfully a memory of nearly forty years ago. 😉 xx


      • davebarclay1954
        Apr 12, 2013 @ 09:37:33

        From that I take it he is still around and almost 40, my eldest is 39 in August and I thank the heavens nothing went wrong with her birth.

      • willowdot21
        Apr 12, 2013 @ 10:33:54

        Yes he is alive and kicking and the eldest of two more brothers he will be 40yrs soon. He had hard start but he is fine. I am so glad to hear your daughter is fine and well too and that she had a normal birth….whatever normal is best wishes to you all.

  4. jessicanix
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 11:51:07

    How frightening! You wrote this beautifully, it really sucks you in!


  5. jessicanix
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 12:22:52

    Glad to hear it 🙂


  6. penpusherpen
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 13:06:24

    such a painful and worrying experience, Told so well, Sweet Willow, and one which many new mothers must dread… hugs aplenty my friend. xPenx


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