Tuesday, June 24, 2014


OK, misleading title. We are NOT writing brief tributes to Lawrence Welk. We are focusing on another short form of Japanese poetry, the TANKA!

Tanka consist of five units (often treated as separate lines when romanized or translated) usually with the following pattern of on:
The 5-7-5 is called the kami-no-ku (上の句 "upper phrase"?), 
The 7-7 is called the shimo-no-ku (下の句 "lower phrase"?).
Traditionally tanka has had no concept of rhyme (certain arrangements of rhymes, even accidental, were considered dire faults in a poem, or even of line.

Much like the Haiku and Senryu the brevity concentrates the beauty of the piece with sometimes amazing results. THINK TANKA!

lake reflects beauty
a bridge to frame the distance
to the rising sun
pagoda stands towering
above the water proudly

the challenge of youth
in the hands of warrior
baring his power
two to fly into lesson
kept aloft hoping pants hold


  1. dandelion weeds
    topped with white, feathery heads
    explode in the wind
    source of food, wine and sneezes
    a multiplying madness

    © Susan Schoeffield

  2. quietly, two sit
    blanketed by bluest skies
    watched by the tall trees ~
    love has found a home on a
    park bench, right before my eyes

  3. Wood on Wood

    Old wood hewn flat
    Tongue and groove, fitted and waxed
    Shine like a mirror
    Reflecting the greenery
    Of oak trees overlooking


    Photo to accompany this poem is at http://miskmask.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/wood-on-wood/