A haiku just doesn’t seem long enough to express how I’m feeling right now so I thought I’d try writing a tanka.
-Tanka poems, when written in Japanese, follow a pattern of syllables 5-7-5-7-7.
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. In our example, the poet presents an image of faded cherry blossoms, and after the turn, she compares her own life to the wasted beauty of those blossoms.
While haiku poems are usually about nature, tanka is often personal reflections on love and other strong emotions. Tanka also uses figurative language. In the example, above, the poet creates a metaphor connecting the wilted cherry blossoms to her life.”
– this week’s challenge: TIME & LAUGHTER
Then again – maybe my tanka is too obscure and a haiku says it more clearly –
I found the haiku came to me very quicklty while writing the tanka was a long and laborious process. I guess it’s about personality types – I tend to be a cut to the chase type of person so the shorter form works better for me. Whether or not what I write is a haiku is open to question though. Perhaps it’s senyru or then again perhaps it’s something else – maybe it’s just a ku or possibly even a hai. I leave it up to you to be the judge about that. What concerns me more is trying to find ways to express what’s going on in both my inner and outer worlds. An ongoing quest …