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Tanka 1

Updated on November 6, 2010

About Tanka

Tanka is a Japanese form of poetry which is older than haiku.  A traditional Tanka has 5 lines with syllables in each line of 5-7-5-7-7.  The poem should be organized into two separate thoughts so that lines 1, 2 and 3 can be separated from lines 4 and 5; likewise, lines 3, 4 and 5 can be taken away from lines 1 and 2.  For this reason, the middle line (3) is called a pivot line - it completes the first thought and also begins the second


Thunderstorm Tanka

thunder broils, clouds loom

with bright electric flashes

like some of my moods

they grow darker through the day

then erupt with a fierce strike


Stream Tanka

gurgle and bubble

playful water skips on rocks

dances with red leaves

Autumn sneaks up on warm breath

all will soon be ice



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      Cristina Vanthul 6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, Hyphenbird, for your lovely comments.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These are just lovely and the photographs add to the reflections of the poetry. I enjoyed this very much.

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      Maryellen Farinas 7 years ago

      These are great! Love the poems.