Last day tanka

Twenty seventeen
And with Auld Lang Syne tonight
For sake of old times
We’ll take a cup of kindness
Old acquaintances renewed

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Photo – Jempics

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Help for a haiku

Stuck in a Haiku?
Feel that you’ve nowhere to go?
Why not try Tanka?
Two extra lines to play with
and thirty-one syllables

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Photo – Haiku from ‘Kito’ (1740 – 1788) – Jempics

Inspired by a blog posting on 30 July from ‘The Reluctant Poet

Both ‘haiku’ and ‘tanka’ are Japanese poetry forms. Haiku comprises three lines with a syllabic sequence of 5,7,5; Tanka comprises five lines with a syllabic sequence of 5,7,5,7,7

Fog on the Ring – tanka

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Fog thick as pea soup
shrouds the Sussex countryside
Trees hide like shadows
Quiet whispers, coy and shy
as again I climb the Ring

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Photo – Chanctonbury Ring, Sussex – Jempics

Lazy day – tanka

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Breakfast in Brighton
November morning sunshine
follows after rain
Both providing sustenance
for lazy Sunday slowness

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Photo – Brighton Pavilion – Jempics

Day 7 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Five Lines’ event – a tanka a day for 7 days.

A tanka is a five-line non-rhyming poem of Japanese origin dating back almost 1200 years. Using simile, metaphor and personification, the five lines must follow a syllabic sequence of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7.

Leonard Cohen – tanka

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Leonard Cohen plays
his music to the angels
in the small hours now
Melancholy fades away
as Leonard now rests in peace

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Photo – New York Times – GoogleImages

Day 6 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Five Lines’ event – a tanka a day for 7 days.

A tanka is a five-line non-rhyming poem of Japanese origin dating back almost 1200 years. Using simile, metaphor and personification, the five lines must follow a syllabic sequence of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7.

Yuletide promise – tanka

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Christmas in the air
from a large Yankee candle
A fragrant garland
hints of promises to come
within its flickering flame

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Photo – Jempics

Day 5 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Five Lines’ event – a tanka a day for 7 days.

A tanka is a five-line non-rhyming poem of Japanese origin dating back almost 1200 years. Using simile, metaphor and personification, the five lines must follow a syllabic sequence of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7.

Last Lavender – tanka

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Yet, as winter comes
the last lavender remains
Born of the summer
it stands, poignant to remind
us of warmth now lost to chill

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Photo – Jempics

Day 4 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Five Lines’ event – a tanka a day for 7 days.

A tanka is a five-line non-rhyming poem of Japanese origin dating back almost 1200 years. Using simile, metaphor and personification, the five lines must follow a syllabic sequence of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7.

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