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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

Tanka 4

Long darkened pathway Imagined eyes follow me Down the stone mine shaft I know the mine is empty But I sense I’m not alone ******** 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.