Tanka by Paweł Markiewicz

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About duality in the tanka

Paweł Markiewicz

The dualism of being in a tanka

The whole being is dual in general. This is also the ontology of being. There are two levels of this duality. The essence belongs to the level of higher existence, the lower level is the so-called trivial existence. The philosophy, distinguished from ontology, is also higher, whereas the nature is lower. Philosophy is primary and subnatural, nature is secondary and natural per se.

These are concepts such as supernatural things, muse and religion, transcendence, values, myths and angels.

These are concepts such as nature, man, needs, instincts, emotions, animals, plants.
Two types of tanka:

a) tanka 1-p, 2-n, 3-p, 4-n, 5-p

No. of verse
p = philosophy
n = nature

b) tanka 1-n, 2-p, 3-n, 4-p, 5-n


Examples of tankas:

stars belong to muse
a butterfly is resting
my eternity

our garden full of the pears
and the pure melancholy

bee dancing in air
eternal melancholy
dew in the calyx

as If Kant charmed muses
the rainbow over orchard

I have written down my tanka about  most marvelous garden. There are in such a garden ontology-components there, namely: 

a) center of the ontology: – a old stone next to me home, it can be the druidical stone. I am able to create something, on the stone sitting.

b) heart of the ontology – the eyes of my dog

c) nature of the ontology – clover on which I can sit as well my dog.

The pure nature is to be fulfilled in those 3 components

4 tanka created in my enchanted garden:


melancholy enchanted
dancing in the wind
I am writing my legend
the wings would need s bit wind


two butterflies here
imagination – kindled
sitting in chalice
I want to hear a magic
a splendor of the spring-tide


a kind butterfly
I never quarrel with time
flying to meadow
I am worth the ambrosia
ladybug on the meadow


fly and butterfly
the pride must be forgotten
friendship in nature
I am in love with muses
it is nice to be fledged

The orchid-tanka


early spring outside
one orchid on windowsill
of violet color

my dreamy soul is shining
in purple romantic glow


the last winter time
the orchid has blossomed
in my room at night

does my soul blossom within
daydreaming-time of miracle?


starlit night outside
violet orchid in my room
like a springtide-sign

philosophical signs
fulfilled in winter star

Nine tanka to make one story: The Magic Cup of a Ladybug


A small ladybug
wanted to visit fairy
-a queen of the ants

in the underground
under the druidic oaks


its longing for stars
was indeed romantic as
well as like the world
ladybird found on crossroad
entrance to the ant-kingdom


its curiosity
was cute as dragonfly-kiss
over the river

or a kiss of the glow-worm
insect gave dew-drop to guard


at the first crossroad
in the land of many ants
the curiosity

of the labyrinth meant more
than daily counting of stars


insect wandered
in strange labyrinth before
it found magical

queen with ambrosia of life
of ancient fairy-goddess


it went via paths of
Hercules and some crossroads
melancholy means

a shaking of the moth’s wings
crossroads were without fable-things


at the tenth crossroad
it met goblin-ant with an

its life was a world that
born the different crossroads


the best crossroad was
melancholy of the queen
of ants that built from

dreams their kingdom during of
the phoenix¥ flights to distance


it had to meet two
ants: witch and fairy-rider
since then it has not

crossroads and Egyptian dreams
filled cup of Osiris

Two shepherd's tanka. The peaceful tanka • Zwei Hirtentanka. Die Friendenstanka

the shepherd’s poem in the village
magic of the miracle
I like the longing wings
which decorate my world fully
with the shepherd’s imagination

das Hirtengedicht im Dorf
Zaubereien des Wunders
ich mag die Sehnsuchtsfl¸gel
die meine Welt voll schm¸cken
mit der Hirtenphantasie

I like songs of the shepherd
a thousand words of magic
your wings in the heart
long live shepherd’s
peace full of magic-dreaming

ich hab Hirtenlieder gern
tausend Worte des Zaubers
deine Fl¸gel in dem Herz
es lebe Hirtenfrieden
voller Zaubertr umerei


cold fall wind and oak
the route of ants in his bark
is washed by rain drops

the drop is like ambrosia
that was drunk by Hercules

dawn in the autumn
I’m finding ancient antlers
in dark forest-temple

I want to hang antlers over
my picture with Ibycus

mossy forest glade
red deer is shedding antlers
next to ferns with bees

bees announce the happiness
ferns hide the treasure of love


wind is swaying leaves
I am picking an one leaf
to my haiku-book

I decorate this book with
illustrations like miracle

fog and volcano
poet is writing poems
gazing at crater

a bird is flying above
with melancholic beauty

a way into temple
I am moving over carpets
of lotus flowers

the flowers hide boleti
and wonderful healing herbs


dawn and autumn wind
falconer is releasing
his hawk in the air

birds – harbingers of freedom
and wonderful fulfillment


Follow Paweł

Pawel Markiewicz was born 1983 in Poland (Siemiatycze) . He published his english haikus as well as short poems in the best literary magazines of world such as: Ginyu (Tokio) , Atlas Poetica (USA) or The Cherita (UK) . Recently he has published a long poem in by Tajmahal Review (India) and Better Than Starbucks (USA) . He published furthermore his poems and prosa in Internet: Blog Nostics – to wit his
mystical flash- the Druid…about fungi…

Pawel has published more than 50 poems in German in Germany and Austria and 3 chapbooks in Polish in Poland.

His experimental poem will be published in South Africa 2019.

Tanka by Paweł Markiewicz


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