Category: tanka poem

No Time for Fun

Lone bench sits alone,
Once kids below, above it,
What change witnessed,
Ever lively bunch grew up,
Too busy since, no time for fun.

Above Tanka Poem is in response to:


Devil at Work

This Tanka Poem is in response to:

The Venus flytrap (also referred to as Venus’s flytrap or Venus’ flytrap), Dionaea muscipula, is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina.It catches its preyβ€”chiefly insects and arachnidsβ€”with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant’s leaves, which is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap prepares to close, snapping shut only if another contact occurs within approximately twenty seconds of the first strike. 

She deserted his world and left

The above poem is a Tanka Poem in response to

Tanka Structure and Content:

Tanka poems, when written in Japanese, follow a pattern of syllables 5-7-5-7-7. In other words, the first and third lines contain only five syllables each, while the second, fourth, and fifth lines have seven syllables. When translated into English the syllable count is usually thrown off. There would only be five in the original Japanese version.

Additionally, each tanka is divided into two parts. The first three lines are the upper phrase, and the last two lines are the lower phrase.

The upper phrase typically contains an image, and the lower phrase presents the poet’s ideas about that image. 

Many traditional poetic forms have a turn, a place where the poem shifts, and for the tanka, this happens between the upper and lower phrase. 

While haiku poems are usually about nature, tanka is often personal reflections on love and other strong emotions. Tanka also uses figurative language.

P.s I have serious doubts whether the poem written above is actually a Tanka Poem.πŸ˜€ You are free to rectify me.