My first tanka
Sprouting eagerly; Stretching, absorbing learning, Seedling roots search deep ~ Humble grey watering can; Though I get refilled daily
EIF Poetry Challenge #14: Tanka
The above poem is my entry for Ingrid’s most recent poetry challenge. She provides a very thorough explanation of tanka poems for those who are curious to know more. But ~
- The first three lines (following the haiku format) are the ‘upper poem’ (kami-no-ku) and the final two lines are the ‘lower poem’ (shimo-no-ku);
- To write tanka in English, we normally divide the poem into five lines with the following syllable pattern: 5/7/5/7/7.