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August 7, 2005

From Cinquains to Tankas…

Tankas are a Japanese poetry form. Using the structure 5/7/5/7/7, they provide opportunity for longer expression than the Haiku’s shorter format. Here are some of my Tankas. Again, feel free to post some of your own (and I will be adding more here over time).

I thread my guitar
with taut strings of your absence.
When I play it now
I can only sing love songs
that end in melancholy.


The clouds opened and
the rain hit hard on dry ground,
The earth drank it in:
parched, arid land gasping at
the cool liquid pouring down.


She knows what we had
told her: to keep her room clean,
to attend classes,
to work hard. But what could her
parents know about college?