reformation needed


desperate pilgrims

risked medieval roads and thieves

hoping to be saved

worst thief was catholic church

selling salvation for gold



Canterbury Tales




Not sure if church commentary is appropriate for a tanka but the true church of Christ should always be re-forming ourselves according to scripture.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Guern
    Oct 06, 2019 @ 11:51:15

    “By the time of his death, Basho had created more than one thousand verse-poems and had trained more than 2,000 students. One hundred years later, he was declared the saint of haiku by the Shinto religious headquarters and 13 years later by the imperial court when he became and become the most famous poet in Japan.”

    If a religion can bestow poetic honors, and by omission, dishonors regarding a form of poetry, than I say, Turn-about is fair play, and the poetic form can bestow honor and dishonor/reformation/criticism upon religion and government, as well. On the other hand, I would hope the reformer has something to add, as well as detract. Basho added much to the spirituality of Japan and to peoples beyond the oceans. He did so with beauty and wit. Was he ever critical? I do not know, not having read all his works. Not that we must all be Basho, but we would all love to have his readership.


  2. The Guern
    Oct 05, 2019 @ 23:04:13

    Church commentary tanka?, Why not? What did Jesus say about the pharisees? Were his words not a cry for reformation? You’re in good company.


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