A Hōzuk inspired, but not very good tanka

Lantern Flower 2000px
Vascular exsiccatum of Physalis alkekengi (bladder cherry, Chinese lantern, Japanese-lantern, strawberry groundcherry, or winter cherry;) a relative of P. peruviana (Cape gooseberry). Actual size 5cm x 5cm. Image © Hares on the Hill 2018.


I want to celebrate the tiny, the magnificently inconsequential,

the epically minute.

The stepped on and stepped over,

the steppes found on a grain of sand,

the walked past and walked over, the (knowingly) unknown.

All ignored, discarded, apparently irrelevant,

the minutiae that we can’t spare the time for.

All the stuff that gets swept up with the autumn winds,

blown into the hedgerow or over the cliffs edge

into the – sea, it falls.

Scrubbed clean from monochrome lawn and Betjamin patio,

consigned to the leaf pile along with the hedgehog.


Author: Hares on the Hill

I am a designer and photographer. I live with my wife and our two dogs in the Welsh Marches, a land full of history, legends, mountains, rivers and dragon's breath; a place where animism thrives. To our north are the Cambrian Mountains, the Elenydd, a vast plateau so ancient that its mountains now have the appearance of steeply rounded moorland hills; to the east is England; to the south stand the Black Mountains and in the west the Brecon Beacons rise around the twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, the highest mountain in West Wales.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s