Tanka Poetry – Written in syllables of 5,7,5,7,7, the first three lines must stand alone as well as the last three lines. The tanka was a form of haiku written by lovers for one another and recited in the early morning hours. The tanka should never rhyme and must be written about something the author is passionate about. This is one of my favorite styles of poetry! It may appear to be simplistic at first blush. However, it is essential to follow every rule. With this particular piece, I’d like the reader to imagine who is responding with the last three lines. Can you guess? Use your imagination.


About Kay Salady

I write about the greatest force on earth that, I believe, lives on forever and surpasses all else. "All your poems read like I am watching an artist use words instead of colours full of feeling." ~Anon.

Posted on July 21, 2013, in poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. andersphansen

    Great article and poem


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