Power of a Speck
By Somali K Chakrabarti
A speck of ire can
blaze a fire; the fate of war can
be sealed with a dart,
a butterfly flapping its wings
may turn the tide miles apart!
Can a butterfly flapping its wings in China cause a storm in New England? The idea that a small and imperceptible action can bring about a huge change in another place/ context is known as butterfly effect. This phenomenon is used as a metaphor in this tanka to convey that small actions can sometimes make a big difference.
A Tanka is a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others.
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