Monday, 3 March 2014

Tanka

Last weeks home work from our Creative Writing tutor was to attempt to write a tanka. This is a Japanese poetry form which in its truest form consists of 31 syllables, spread over 5 lines, in a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable construction. I found this quite  hard. Anyway here’s my attempts.

unending white sand

surrounds a desert island

the turquoise blue sea

caresses coconut palms

no footsteps except mine

 

the tea is brewing

biscuits are on the plate

welcoming my guests

happy conversations

warming body and soul


ghost stories retold

around the roaring fire

darkness outside

the wind blows the windows creek

scared listeners scream

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