Moons – (A Tanka)

Birthing (A Tanka )- April 17 2018 - comets fragments - hubble

Moons full blown and free
Cascade the gossamer nights
As if in free-fall

Veils part before their grounding
Clarity awaits the day


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Continuing my journey with poetry types and formats…


An unrhymed poem consisting of 31 syllables (representing the Japanese kana).
English Tanka may come in three basic forms:
1) 5 lines of 5/7/5/7/7 syllables.
2) 5 lines of 31 syllables or LESS, following the short/long/short/long/long form.
3) 5 lines of 31 syllables or LESS, letting the poem dictate the line length.

Tanka, in English, is relatively new, so there are not as many guidelines as with Haiku and Senryu.  For example, seasonal words (kigo) may be included, but are not as necessary and, while Tanka may use many of the same elements such as juxtaposition, concrete imagery, and is usually centered around nature, it is a less constrictive form. Metaphor, simile, a more personal and emotional viewpoint and many other devices, generally not used in haiku or senryu, may be included.


English Tanka – #8

For NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2016 – Day 15 (to prompt – see below))


Two eyes one picture
‘Til double vision descends
Two eyes, two pictures

Takes the sense from direction
From following one pathway


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The prompt: “Because today marks the halfway point in our 30-day sprint, today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates the idea of doubles.”

English Tanka – #3

English Tanka - No 3 - July 31 2015

Life, growth, together,
Can be perfect harmony,
Discordant rhythm

Follow those who choose to be
Drowned in life’s expectancy


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Money – NaPoWriMo – Day 7

Oh to be wealthy
Value measured by money
Drowning life’s meaning

Suffused with more than your share
Power and hope in despair


Today’s prompt – money!

And to add some extra flavour, I have chosen to write a Tanka – not a form I have used before. Does it work?

(Updated the third line to a better flow I think! – thanks to Elizabeth at : 1sojournal)


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