Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

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under pregnant moon
tree branches arch towards her
longing for a touch

my silent gaze from afar
never again next to you


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

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

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Prompt: Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

10 thoughts on “Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

  1. I read the exchange above. May I add my words? I’ve said elsewhere, to another struggling writer, to treat yourself as you would your best friend. Be kind, patient, understanding, listen to your woes, offer encouragement, and keep faith.

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