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Tankas

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.

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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?

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3 comments

  1. 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.

    I really like this. So realistic.
    Nice place you have here.

    Aloha.


  2. 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 ovr.

    this is what i am kind of not really but it does

    mine is just like that but i changed it look

    the clouds open the eyes
    of others but nobody
    can see me at all
    are they blind or do they not
    see me at all with me tears.

    this is what i use to feel like bu t not no more><samantha


  3. i really that was great heres a haiku i wrote
    one lonely soul on
    one biking there way to death
    ones life solved in fog
    don’t expect to get it we had to do these for class



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