All posts tagged: tanka

Paperwork

obituaries weren’t enough, they wanted death certificates signed, sealed, tear stained proof only currency accepted ********** Trying my hand at a more modern Tanka. One of the few poems I’ve written directly about my job, some of my experiences this week were lingering in my mind when I’m came across Dverse’s challenge to experiment with Japanese poetry forms.

Tanka 7

Eerie midnight creak Weight shifts slightly, in closet? Faint breathing menace Cleaver raised, bursting through door Just late night paranoia ********* Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of – 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables. The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind. The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above

Tanka 5

A grimy man lurks Next to my lonely parked car Fistful of wires His wild predatory eyes Mirror my own; terrified ******** Photo credit to my sister, and a shout out to her and my husband for helping me brainstorm this one! Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of – 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables. The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind. The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above