Cultures, or: Colonies

A Tanka

concrete jungle thrives
arteries stream with cultures
teem busily from bugholes
colonize shifting surface

W3 poetry prompt

This poem was written for Jaideep Khanduja’s W3 prompt, which was:

Urban Landscapes

  • Form: Tanka (5-7-5-7-7 syllables);
  • Must include:
    • The phrase โ€œConcrete jungleโ€
    • The poetic device of personification
  • Goal: To bring attention to the beauty and complexities of urban landscapes through the traditional Japanese poetic form of the tanka.
  • Feel free to use the free image of New York City to the right (click on it for the full sized version)

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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24 thoughts on “Cultures, or: Colonies”

  1. We have a lot of bug holes compromising the structures of many of the valued Brutalist tower blocks here! ๐Ÿœ Concrete loves wildlife ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿงก

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