Michael Edwards






Hasty words can hurt

Carelessly spoken they pierce

Wounds will often bleed

Internal lesions cause pain

Expressions of love heal hearts







Tanka is a classic form of Japanese poetry

related to the haiku with five unrhymed

lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven

syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7) Probably best when

comprising of five short independent, yet

interrelated, statements).



  • Goldfinch60

    Very good tanka Michael, they can be so meaningful as is this one.

  • Fay Slimm.

    Perfect statements for the form chosen - and a lovely reminder too that love can heal even the worst hurts. Thanks for sharing the flower picture too Michael - first class tanka.

    • Michael Edwards

      Thanks Fay - a clematis which is set off by the purple leaves of a eupatorium.

    • orchidee

      A true write Michael. So 'names can hurt us'. It's not just 'sticks and stones may break our bones'.
      Difficult if someone is an insensitive non 'people-person'.
      Some leaving do's at work were a bit icy with the manageress present. They left her out of staff Christmas do's. heehee. Sounds cruel, but you don't know how horrid she could be.

      • Michael Edwards

        Why are some people like that? Probably full of self doubt or something or other. Probably the other.

        • orchidee

          Ohh, we had to 'grovel' once. A Board member said 'Of course, you know your Manageress has been working for you while on her holidays, making business phone calls, etc'. Oh yeah, pull the other one, it's got bells on!' It was all tin-pot. Suddenly we had, not a main Director, but a CEO!

        • Heartwriter

          Words do hurt and love can heal. However, often they leave a scar that can never be removed. Great write!

        • Lorna

          Thank ya for the Tanka! I love this frilly form of clematis - very striking!

        • BRIAN & ANGELA

          Thanks MIKE ~ Love TANKAS ~ I have some in the PIPELINE for SUMMER ~ POlease check my BONES ~ yours BRIAN ~ OSTEOPATH ! Love the CLEMATIS ~ I'm having a flower FUSION this week ~ Yours B !

        • willyweed

          sharp words can wound, mostly they reflect the speaker, love heals all, great form here Michael. ww

        • dusk arising

          Yes love heals but my word it marrs also.

        • Clarita

          Short but powerful. Thank you for sharing this valuable message.

        • Laura

          A fine write to serve as a reminder that words do matter...especially to children ( in my humble opinion)! I believe the adults have a better chance at defending themselves at handling the war of words...but not children. They hurt easily! I’d always teach my young students and my own children about “sticks and stones...”, “talk to the hand...”, “ignore...”, etc. when someone would hurl offensive words at them! Showering them with love is the antidote!

          Beautiful flowers...
          Thank you for the share!


        • FineB

          Hi Michael,

          Thanks for this tanka poem.

          Wonderfully vivid and poignant on the beauty of Love.

          Keep writing

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