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For Love – Tanka


With colour and light
fragrances and sweet passion-
This moment of Truth!
Crossing my threshold – stealthily,
Love, it cleaves into my Soul!

6 March, 2011

Syllable break up of the lines, 5/7/5/7/7

With/ co/lour /and /light (5)

fra/gran/ces/ and/ sweet/ pa/ssion- (7)

This/ moment/ of /Truth! (5)

Cro/ssing /my/ thre/shold/ – steal/thi/ly, (7)

Love,/ it /cleaves /in/to /my /Soul! (7)

Tanka, like Haiku, is again a form of Japanese Lyric Poetry.

[As you know by now, 🙂 ] A Haiku works with 17 syllables arranged in 3 lines of 5/7/5 syllables to each line, and evokes an aspect of nature and the seasons, with the last line holding the punch so to speak.

A few Tanka here and Haiku, here and here and here

Tanka on the other hand gives the writer more space to work with – 31 syllables, arranged in 5 lines of 5/7/5/7/7 syllables each. Tanka is an older form of the lyric in Japanese… dating to 13 centuries ago, while Haiku is just about 3 centuries ago..Tanka was mainly written between lovers, as society had accepted the fact that a man’s dallying with another woman, other than his wife was normal!! After the man departed early in the morning, he would send a Tanka to his lady love with his message of love..

Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

8 thoughts on “For Love – Tanka

  1. 🙂 When love seeps into the heart – can there be a greater blessing!


  2. Shal… thank you :)you say it true!


  3. just another way to express it….it has always been eternal…. 🙂


  4. Must have been a wonderful moment of truth 🙂


  5. Like a white light cleaved to colurs by a prismso too love, on life. causing a mighty spasmand at the same time bridging a chasmfor wounds of time offering a healing cataplasm.Thanks I learnt something new today teacher. 🙂


  6. lofty! delightful! 🙂


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