Spotted Deer – A Tanka
By Somali K Chakrabarti
Curved antlers, round spots
shine bright on the velvet skin,
The delicate doe
nibbles in the meadow at
smallest sound ready to spring!
© Somali K Chakrabarti
Spotted deer, also known as Chital or the Axis Deer are found in the foothills of Himalayas and in Madhya Pradesh. With bright spots on its body, the Spotted deer is the most beautiful of all deer species. Mostly found in small herds of 20 – 30, the Spotted Deer share a special relationship with langur monkeys, feeding on the leaves and tender shoots which the monkeys drop on the ground. The deer make use of the alarm call given by the monkeys to alert themselves against the predators.
Tanka is a Japanese form of non-rhymed lyrical poem consisting of 5 lines. A tanka in English follows a short-long-short-long–long pattern.
Lei: A wreath for your soul is a string of short poems reflecting on nature, life, illusion and inspiration.
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