Tanka Toyin’

I dabble in an ancient Japanese form of poetry known as Tanka, the great-grandaddy of Haiku. Its speaks in present tense and contains five lines. The number of syllables on each line is 5-7-5-7-7. Below is an example:

Five lines it contains

Syllables are important

It can challenge you.

More flexible than Haiku

Because it’s Haiku’s elder

“Tanka Toyin’ – 2020.10.02

Beginning on 2022.10.23, a new Tanka will be posted followed by its title and a scripture citation or other source that inspired it or illuminates the meaning.