I recently had a conversation with a fellow writer about the conventional wisdom of needing to have a blog following to “build author platform.” (I will always put that phrase in quotation marks. When I’m speaking, I use air quotes.) I advised him that it takes a big time commitment to read and comment on others’ blogs–but the inspiration for new work that I get from reading blogs has been a huge unexpected benefit. Particularly in the area of poetry, I now have a small body of work that never would have come into being if I had not been inspired by someone else’s blog post.
The tanka I’m going to share with you is a case in point.
After reading the article, I went back to the header photo, which depicts the front cover of the sheet music for a song called “G.I. Jive.”
Image attribution: http://historyonthenet.com
I was so taken by the image, I just had to know what the song was like. I found it on YouTube, of course:
Listening to the song immediately brought my dad to mind. Not only did he serve in World War II, he had to be the biggest swing fan of all time. This in turn reminded me of another song from the ’40s, “Mairzy Doats.” My dad liked to sing the song to me when I was very little. Back to YouTube:
The Lamb Connection
And now for the tanka!
Mairzy Doats & Liddle Lamzy Divey Redux
Daddy called me Lambikin
when he sang me Mairzy Doats
language wondrous strange
years pass, Lambikin grows up
canvas feedbag, mares eat oats