WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!
It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month! This is our chance to work with a specific syllabic poetry form. But let’s do something different this time.
- First, choose your favorite syllabic poetry form. Write your poem.
- Next, give your poem some different characteristics to make it something different. You can change the syllable count, rhyme scheme (add or get rid of it), anything you want to create a new form. Write this poem.
- Give your new syllabic poetry form a name.
I cross the old wooden bridge A time machine to the past Each step could be the one To trigger the magic I am halfway across, looking back I can see nothing, clouds, mountain tops, no bridge My footsteps vanished, alongside the old wooden planks I walk on, praying Please let the next step take me home The clouds ahead looked thinner Started to clear I could see the most amazing buildings Blue and white Gripping the rail edge to move on A white shroud stole my beautiful vista I was alone, nothing but wooden planks ahead of me That’s when I heard a small voice Do you want your old life? I couldn’t stop myself from yelling, yes! Then turn around. If you have faith The bridge will appear Would you take that step back With nothing to see but clouds?
Anita has chosen to use the forms Senryu and Kindku to create what she calls a Kinsen poem…
Can we go back to
first kiss, first taste remember
a good love gone by?
Time to bring back lost ages
echoes break on glass
blood running on broken fields
hidden pain and lies
stolen luck running wild, lost
cries of despair, loud
tears fill empty coffee cups…
© Anita Dawes 2021