Tanka T045

I must be careful
Not to mix up soya sauce
With India ink –
Considering I keep both
In similar containers




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I reintroduced calligraphy into my life yesterday, after about 35 years since learning it as a kid in Viet Nam with pen nib and India ink. I didn’t have and couldn’t find a small ink well to buy without paying excess for ink with it. I bought a litre of ink in a bottle to save money, knowing I was making the commitment rather than just dabbling to try out.

As a result, I kept the India ink I used in a small plastic Tupperware style container, the same kind that I use for soya sauce when I put some aside to eat my meals. Living on my own, I eat at the same table I will be doing my calligraphy. Since both the soya sauce and India ink are pretty dark, I had best make sure to mark the two somehow so I can clearly distinguish them! Otherwise, there might be a very unpleasant meal with consequences!

The poems titled Tanka, followed by a number, are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.


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