Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

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Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

A Tanka is a Japanese poem and similar to a Haiku, however it has seven lines. Tankas are nature, seasons, love, and other emotions.  Line one has a five syllable count, line two is seven syllables, line three is five syllables, line four is seven syllables, and line five seven syllables. In total it has thirty one syllables.  It uses simile, metaphor, and personification.

The pattern for Tanka is the following:

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables

Line 4: 7 syllables

Line 5: 7 syllables

Writing tip from: Writing Tips – Exploring The Writer’s Path

Publishing opportunity details for this writing prompt can be found at Open Publishing Projects.

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5 replies

  1. Daylight is fading
    Beautiful hues emerging
    Season is changing
    Fading moments of warm breeze
    Sun setting on memories

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  2. the wall is not built
    against your people
    she tells me
    as we sit watching
    the ruby sunset


  3. autumn trees
    shed their last leaves
    I watch the sun
    get swallowed by the lake
    along with my youth


  4. Autumn Leaves Tanka

    The falling autumn leaves
    remembering the departed
    ghosts in the wind
    nothing but ghosts in the wind
    telling their sad tales Autumn leaves v2 Tanka

    the falling autumn leaves
    remembering the departed
    ghosts in the wind
    nothing but ghosts whispering
    the autumn leaves colors



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