Winter Tanka

8 01 2012

– This is a new form of Japanese poetry that I recently discovered.  It is very similar to haiku, but has two more lines.  The syllable scheme is 5, 7, 5, 7, 7.  So, it essentially a haiku with two more seven syllable lines.


Trees have been laid bare

The world has shriveled up tight

Colors have faded


The light has succumbed to dark

Winter wraps us in its arms