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
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.