A Quest on Overdrive … :)

An eccentric rambler on life's lessons and mercies, found and lost… :)


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Belonging – Tanka

Yester-eve, holding 

You close, I wept for our love

Threadbare, its edges?

But gently, keeping me close

You wove those threads, back to us!

4 April, 2015

Tanka – Japanese lyric form, 5 lines, syllable break-up – 5/7/5/7/7 🙂 More Tanka (LINK) to understand how it works, read up links from ahapoetry , a valuable reference page 🙂 Tips and techniques also given there 🙂


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The Fault in Our …. (Tanka)

If you hadn’t cared

I’d never have it so bad.

You cared, to a fault

A fault I’m still paying for-

Drenched, in memories of you!

11 April, 2015

Day#11 of #NaPoWriMo – revisiting the Haiku and Tanka forms, which I loved doing, when I had more time 🙂 Nowadays, these appear more forced and less easy to come by 😀 The title is as cliched as it gets, but then there it is 😀 

Tanka and Haiku gyaan available at links below, or a bit of info. in case you can’t access those links 🙂

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.


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..


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Death Smiles [Tanka in Tandem]





The beautiful rose
Tall, vain, proud- but now slain, lies

Picture-perfect on

The coffin of her mistress,

Whose hand fed that vanity!



Death waits and smiles in

Irony – the lovely rose

Tall and proud, now his

Prize: another soul to take

Away – unexpected Gift!

30 April, ‘07
(Pictures from : scholez18.blogspot.com ; http://www.guardian.co.uk)




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(I read this beautiful poem by Somkritya, here, which made me want to repost this tanka, from a collection of them posted way back, called Tantalizing Tanka :D)



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.



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..





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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..