Friday, May 18, 2007

Tanka, for Esme

I am often wordy. Too wordy, methinks. So as part of the ongoing writing practice I thought, I know, I'll enter a Tanka writing competition (as you do).

For those, like me, who thought that a Tanka was a rather large truck, it's useful to know that, like the Haiku, it is an ancient Japanese poem based on a strict syllabic structure: five lines of 31 syllables, arranged as follows: 5-7-5-7-7.

So I wrote the Tanka. Then I discovered I'd missed the closing date. So I thought, I know, I'll post it on the blog.

Hope I won.


Spring’s mixed offering:
cherry blossom and cancer
carpeting the lanes.

It shocked me to discover
you will not live forever.

3 comments:

Marianne said...

How strange. I came to visit you and found that you too have posted a Japanese poem. I have just put one in my latest blog, but not my own. I just particularly loved this one.

Debbie said...

As usual, you have my vote!

Elsie Button said...

Hi there, i have tagged you. not entirely sure what this means but if you look at my blog it might make more sense. if you have already been tagged just ignore me. sorry i didn't tag in the correct way - my brain is far too frazzled to work it out. elsie