A Tanaga Poem

A tiny seed buried deep
Has none else to do but sleep
When darkness only fills a space
Dreams are all it dare embrace

In those times of resting still
No room in such confined space
Quitted to another’s will
One day kissed by sunlight’s grace

As I wander through this world
Seeing hope through sullen clouds
Teach me as that tiny seed
There’s much more than shell and shroud


dVerse today asking for a tanaga, a poetry form dating back to the 16th century. 4 lines per stanza with 7 syllables per line. An example is “Twinkle, twinkle little star”



About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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13 Responses to A Tanaga Poem

  1. Waltermarks says:

    That’s a wonderful metaphor. The seed germinating, and breaking ground, just like us

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  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    There’s more than “shell and shroud”. We have to trust like that seed. Nice tanaga!

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    Your last verse sums it up very well! We have a lot to learn!

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  4. I think we can learn patience from that seed.

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  5. “One day kissed by sunlight’s grace”
    is what I live for, but yes, there to is necessity and even merit in the waiting in darkness times.

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  6. jillys2016 says:

    Perfectly timed Tanaga. Happy Easter, Mary!

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  7. Jo Aylard says:

    “One day kissed by sunlight’s grace” – lovely line!

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  8. Ah, another Easter/spring poem, for it is all about that dark time enclosed and then the sprouting, hatching, emerging to be kissed by sunlight’s grace. Nice.


  9. lillian says:

    A wonderful lessons within your poem! And perfect for the Easter season.


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