Thanks for the interest.
This is the first tanka I wrote dropping the 57577 structure, but trying to keep its spirit. This explanation will be a lot longer than the poem, but I'll try to keep it as brief as possible. The tanka, I believe, is one poem with two thoughts. One thought is the observance of natural phenomena and the other an observance of internal feeling or thought. Keeping that in mind let's look at the first line:
geese fly past. The 'clue' word is past. So geese are being observed, but they are symbolic of thoughts or memories of the past. (I'll leave most of my internal workings out of this message, i.e. why not winter geese, why fly and not flying)
one following one. The geese follow each other, the way memories lead other memories.
sand falling. The sand is falling in an hour glass, representing the passage of time.
That's all there is to the observation. Someone is thinking about his past and how time passes.
I run away. These two lines are joined in how 'I run away' is described by 'sand falling'. I'm attempting to describe how what you thought you'd become, is not what you are presently. Most of us start out thinking that we are going to change the world, only to find that we have to make compromises with reality. The longer we live, the more compromises we make. We are like a statue of sand that wears away day by day.
tomorrow dreams death. Here tomorrow is not a personification, something that dreams. Here tomorrow is a location where dreams die. I am restating that the longer we live, the more the youthful dreams of what we were to become end.
The internal observation is that I am not what I thought I'd be.
Taken together the whole poem is about how time changes us. I hope the poem would lead one to questions like 'must we change our dreams', 'am I currently living a better life than I thought', and others.
I hope I wasn't too long winded.
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I believe that a poet is someone who can see or feel something and write it so that others can see or feel that thing. The subject doesn't have to touch on universal themes, or boldly go where no one has gone. I'm submitting a poem that revolves around a slice of pie. It will be titled "WCW Explained". I hope you will read and enjoy it.
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