Monday, September 11, 2006

Tanka

On One Deep Breath this week we are asked to write a tanka. A tanka is a Japanese poetic form often written in the form of five lines with syllable counts of 5.7.5.7.7 though as with haiku the syllable count doesn't need to be strictly followed, though short, long, short, long long is to be preferred. Tanka often link the natural world with personal emotional reflections. This is only the second ever tanka I've written:
the shortening days
and long gloomy autumn nights
hibernation
I snuggle under blankets
to write poetry all day.

9 comments:

paris parfait said...

I like the sound of that! Time to stay indoors and write/read poetry. Lovely tanka.

Maxly said...

Oh, I can feel the warmth of the snuggle.

Wonderful!

maxly

ian russell said...

nice one, juliet!
and i shall have to get my fleece on soon, i expect.

Jennifer said...

Mmmm, cozy

Clare said...

Excellent! So warming.

bb said...

If only...writing poetry ALL day...sigh

(great tanka!)

LuluBunny said...

I liked your other tanka a lot, but this is my hands down favorite! :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks for all your comments. I'm actually looking forward to autumn really arriving and it actually getting cool enough to want to snuggle under blankets - still very warm here!

And Lulubunny - what an adorable bunny you have in your picture! (I have a pet rabbit, you see).

Tammy said...

I can't wait :) You made me yearn for winter. Nice job!