There should be no sound, so you can hear me
Yet I hear your voice scream out, in the silence of your love
Its timbre pains me, its timbre thrills you
When your yesterdays haunt you, in the restlessness of night
Would you accept me as balm? Let me be tomorrow’s peace
TANKA / SUPER TANKA
The Tanka is an ancient form of Japanese poetry. Tanka are 31-syllable poems that have been the most popular form of poetry in Japan for at least 1300 years. In Japan, the Tanka is usually written as a straight line of characters, but in English and other Western languages, it is usually divided into five lines, with a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7.
The key to the Super Tanka form is that it is two Tanka written side-by-side. Each can be read independently, but must work together as a whole.
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Given sweet release, on a sultry night
There swells a nightingale’s song, I close my eyes and breathe deep
In the endless dark, heeding ganja’s call
Sleep is just a memory, in the aromatic haze
Haunted music piercing soul, all coherent thinking lost
Hyde Park Poet Rally: Week 62
dVerse Poet Pub FormForAll | Writing Visual
The dVerse Poet Pub FormForAll challenge for this week was to write a visual poem using the Tanka form. The Tanka, an Asian poetic form, very similar to haiku, is a single stanza, 5 line, non-rhyming poem, with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count pattern per stanza.
Me, being me, having done the Tanka form several times in the past, decided to kick it up a notch and enter the challenge with a SuperTanka form instead. The Super-Tanka is two Tanka poems written side-by-side where each can stand alone on its on merit, but when combined create a complete poem together. The greater the subject difference of the individual Tankas from each other, compared to the whole, the better.