Tanka Poem: “Look to Spring”

Tanka Poem: “Look to Spring” October 24, 2018
Cherry Blossom spaning over a pond.
The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. Tanka poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions. This form of poetry dates back almost 1200 years ago.

Tanka Poem: “Look to Spring”

Fall glides from summer.
Nature unfolds, shadows hold.
Kiss of sleep to eyes,
And decaying roots sink in.
Frost over trees look to spring.

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