How to Write a Tanka Poem in English

🍂Word Craft: Prose & Poetry🍂

As many of you already know, I love structured poetry. This includes the Haiku, the Tanka, and the Haibun. I like to think of myself as a student of these poetic forms. Learning to write them correctly is an art form in itself. I think that’s what appeals to me the most, the arrangement of the syllables.

One of my favorite poetic forms is the Japanese Tanka. These poems are untitled and do NOT rhyme. A true Japanese Tanka counts thirty-one sounds because they don’t count syllables in Japanese Haiku or Tanka.

“The word Haiku, for example, is two syllables in English, but three sounds in Japanese.” (mandy’spages.com) Click on the link to learn more about the Japanese Tanka structure.


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For the poets who follow my weekly poetry challenge, we will follow the 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first…

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Stars ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #102

Pix to Words

Aided by
Small aperture
In this starburst
Am I reminded
The sun is just a star
In blackness infinite
Speckled with
Uncounted stars
And this Earth
We sometimes believed
Like no other
Solar satellite
But now are finding
More watery rocks
Each unique
Though, really
Only to slightest degree
So I stand here
On our pretty stone
With some billions friends
No, all family
I wonder how
We divide ourselves
Such finite passing presence
What small precious number we
Who twinkle in the darkness
Each of us a star
Unto ourselves
In our tiny blip of time
We have no space
For hateful folly
Or shall we die
Utterly alone
Perhaps unknown
Pass into oblivion
In this expanse
Of possibility

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