Monday, September 8, 2014

Magpie 236 ~ Tanka





artificial moon
confuses our little friends
as they search for food 
needing glow to navigate
looking for that fixed light point


Tanka poetry is not one poem but a combination of two poems 
the first (upper two lines) and second (last two lines) 
joined by a middle pivot line.
31 syllables, arranged in lines of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7   
Each poem should be able to stand on its  own. 









20 comments:

  1. this is lovely Helen! I'll have to try a tanka- Have a fabulous day!

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  2. I'm always impressed with your willingness to try all forms of poetry. Hope you've not had too hot of a summer.

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  3. The truth brilliantly spoken here Helen. Always a pleasure to stop by your blog. :-)

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  4. Excellent Tanka! I think they are a wonderful gift to poetry, and this piece as vivid and enduring!

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  5. Completely true and a little sad to boot. Nice piece.

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  6. How true!!!....artificiality is that much baneful!! ugh...

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  7. So beautiful! Thanks for the intro to this type of poem!

    xoxox,
    CC

    P.S. So glad the leather skirt post was useful to you :)

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  8. The moon does that, smiles ~ Good to see you writing the tanka Helen ~

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  9. sometimes we all get a little confused from time to time. moths to the flame

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  10. really interesting will have to have a try at this..x

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  11. Aldebaran , Antares , Fomalhaut , all present ...but where the devil is Regulus , miss Woonie ?

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  12. and what happens when we take away the moon? ~

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  13. This is wonderful. I would love to try Tanka! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Tanka is new to me, thanks for this introduction and a lovely Tanka

    See The Sea

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  15. I often will turn my light off so they stop hitting the glass of my window - I always feel guilty:)

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