Sunday, March 11, 2018

Slice of Life 2018 Day 11: Rummikub and Tanka Poetry

Lately, and to my delight, my children and I have been spending more time playing games together at our kitchen table. This winter one of our favorite games to play has been Rummikub.
The version of Rummikub I played with my grandparents
Each time I play Rummikub, I cannot help but think of my grandparents, who taught me this game when I was young. Today’s post celebrates playing Rummikub. I’ve been playing around with writing Micropoetry lately, so I decided to create a Tanka poem, a thirty-one-syllable Japanese poem. You’ll notice that I actually created a double tanka poem for this slice.



Childhood memories
Visiting Minnesota
grandparents - often
We gathered, played Rummikub
As they spun tales of their youth.

Chills this winter brought
Out familiar Rummikub -
Teaching strategy,
Conversation conjured fond
Visions from time long ago.
My daughter playing Rummikub

8 comments:

  1. The connection between the past and the present was lovely. The shapes of the poem and the rhythm mixed with your history was sweet.

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    1. Thank you so much! This was a fun poem to write and to think about.

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  2. I have never heard of this type of poetry. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

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    1. I saw a link of different kinds of micropoetry posted on Twitter right before I started the Slice of Life challenge. Otherwise I hadn't heard of it either!

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  3. I, too, spent many happy hours playing board games w/ my children. Your Tanka captures the present and past memories beautifully.

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    1. Thank you! I feel like playing board games is a great way to have fun with my children at home. It doesn't cost anything and we enjoy each other's company. Thank you for your generous compliment about my Tanka poem!

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  4. I loved playing this game, but it has been awhile! Since we are almost empty-nesters, I might pull this out of the closet for me and my husband!

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    1. Until this winter I hadn't played this game since I was probably a teenager. We had to reread the rules, but once we got the hang out it we really enjoyed playing it!

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