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Last week your haiku efforts dedicated to the night were very beautiful and much appreciated by many.
Today, Ha is taking some exams and so I’m going to sit in for him for this post he will be back with us next week to stimulate and inspire a new set of haiku!
1300 years ago in Japan a short poem the waka, known in modern times as a tanka, first made its apperance. These waka were originally recited to music.
The tanka is composed of 5-7-5-7-7 sounds or for us syllables. Here’s an example of a tanka:
early evening (5)
stars begin to fill the sky (7)
the nightengale sings (5)
we walk hand in hand in love (7)
soft, the grassy river bank (7)
Unlike haiku, tanka are poems about subjects such as the beauty, evanescence of the natural world, human love, laments for the dead, and the affairs of ordinary people. There is no required kigo and no need for a cutting phrase. One can write more than one tanka to create a longer poem, using each tanka as new a stanza.
I’m not going to give you a special theme, or rather, here’s a photo of a wood carving which you might use to find inspiration…or if you prefer, do a free write using your own illustration and/or subject!
Once you have published your post, you can link your tanka to Mr. Linky below. After making your submission, try to visit other links and share your feedback with your fellow poets.
* You can give your feedback about the prompt or maybe just say hello to all of us, down in the comments section. Happy Writing. 🙂
** Please add the following tags in your post: HeedingHaikuWithHA and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie.