Duel (Tanka)

Clear this idle deck
I’m to force friends to duel
Planks won’t walk themselves
When laggard swords aren’t talking
Love pains me to be shipwrecked

2019

For Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 121, “Slow & Work,” #SynonymsOnly, I used idle and laggard for slow, and force and pains for synonyms of work. This time ’round, my usage of “dual” synonyms gives this a bit of fun with having “duel” as a title.

Photo by Austin Neill on Unsplash

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12 thoughts on “Duel (Tanka)

  1. Laggard is such an awesome word choice. It’s one of those words you just don’t hear. I mean, you hear about things lagging, but you never hear people say “Oh, he is such a laggard.” I love it. It’s so old-fashioned and somehow British sounding.

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