Ladybug – A tanka

By Somali K Chakrabarti


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a delicate walk

over soft petals festooned

with tender dew drops

lady in red sips her drink

while the yellow florets watch


© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016


A Tanka is a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, written in the short – long-short- long -long format



Lei: A wreath for your soul  is a string of short poems reflecting on nature, life, illusion and inspiration.Lei




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  • Effortlessly beautiful, Somali:)

  • Perfect .. The pic and tanka. .

  • Wow Somali! Such a beautiful tanka. Well written. Liked this line, ‘Lady in red sips her drink’. Nice work. Image is so amazing.

    Have a great day. 🙂

  • Beautifully put. Love, David

  • A lovely tanka , Somali . This one makes me want to attempt a tanka too 🙂

  • The tanka runs smoothly and beautifully, capturing the essence the essence of the picture.
    Loved it 🙂

  • Beautiful poem of a ladybug lazing about on beautiful petals. “Lady in red” – you make the ladybug sound like a very classy species, Somali 🙂 What a peaceful image. Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  • The poem beautifully represents the lovely image.

  • Beautiful – image and words.

  • Lady in red sips her drink!

    Wonderful imagery Somali! 🙂 Awesome!!

  • Lady in red! What a beautiful description of a ladybug! A great tanka, Somali, as usual! 🙂

  • Somali ,how your imagination works !! Wonderful !!

  • Somali , how your imagination works ? Wonderful !!

  • The picture is beautiful. The poem is sweet and perfect with the choice of words like ‘delicate’, ‘soft’ and ‘tender’. Lady in red. These days I too have been much into personification. Lady bugs are anyway referred to as ladies.

  • ‘Lady in Red’ was so eye-catching here. Loved it, as usual 🙂

  • “lady in red sips her drink”… a beautiful imagery… 🙂

  • It was very nice to see the beautiful flower and read the excellent poem.

  • Such a lovely poem Somali and I adore our little red Ladybugs xxx 🙂

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