Depth Charge: Another experiment in Exploded Tanka, this poem’s starting point was a line from L’École des Beaux-Arts by Jacques Prévert: “Cette fleur subite/This sudden flower.” While pondering this line and looking out the window at dawn breaking across the winter sky, my mind then wandered to Spring Daybreak by Meng Haoran:
Meng Haoran’s Spring Daybreak
Springtime asleep, I missed the dawn,
Everywhere the birds are singing;
During the night the wind and rain howled,
No way to know how many flowers have fallen.
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