September 7, 2014

Doing the Tanka



The WordPress Weekly Writing prompt for September 2, 2014, encouraged me to write in a genre different than my usual—tanka, a cousin of haiku.

Traditional haiku is present tense, and captures a moment in time. It is a metaphor, not a simile, and  has 3 non-rhyming lines containing a total of 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 line structure (lines 1 and 3 have 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables).

Traditional tanka contains 5 lines and 31 syllables, in a 5-7-5-7-7 line structure, although it was noted that many contemporary poets take liberty with these specifics.

We were encouraged to write about something in our lives, perhaps in the past week. Below is my attempt.

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Mercilessly cut

the apple tree’s twisted limbs

no matter—who cares

likely his lifespan’s over

autumn brings apples galore

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Spring seeds embedded

in rich soil under the sun

seedlings do flourish

yield vegetables, flowers

that served deer and storm, not man



 Summer memories

fade into the horizon

letting autumn rise

its colors camouflaging

the end…or the beginning

In April, National Poetry Month, I also tried my hand at poetry by posting 30 poems evenly distributed over a 4 week period. That was a poem a day.

National Poetry Month Poem a Day: Week 1—April 1-7




  1. Carolyn, good morning. Well done!

    Comment by merry101 — September 8, 2014 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  2. […] CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS Doing the Tanka […]

    Pingback by Remember Me [TANKA] | Ramisa the Authoress — September 9, 2014 @ 4:14 am | Reply

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