Tag Archives: #tanka

It’s been a while since I wrote a sonnet

It’s been a long while,

and there’s a reason for that

I don’t write sonnets;

well, I don’t write that many,

no more than one a leap year.

Tanka Tuesday using a Senryu

The Robin told me

that I had made an error,

‘Upside-down feeder!’

I looked at the bird feeder,

and saw that Robin was right.

Polly (4)

Polly said to me,

‘Pieces of eight, pieces of—‘

And then spoke no more

The suspense is killing me;

what next: seven? Six? Five? Four?

When is a Haiku not a Haiku?

When is a Haiku

not a Haiku?

Well, now, for example.

It started off like one,

then descended into nonsense,

And it’s not a Tanka either.

Acrostic Tanka

Take five syllables

And then seven syllables;

Next repeat step one,

Keep repeating, seven more,

And seven more yet again.

Tanka Time

It’s been a long time

since I wrote you a Tanka.

Can you forgive me?

You can’t? Really? OMG!

I didn’t see that coming.

Days – a Tanka

Not that long ago

it was Monday, now Tuesday,

soon it’s Wednesday.

What’s with all the constant change?

Can’t the week make it’s mind up?




PS Wednesday can have 2 or 3 syllables –

upon this occasion I have used the 3-syllable variant. Please bear that in mind when you read the above – thank you.

Random Acts of Poetry #2

Write simple Haiku:

they are easy to construct

and can be quite fun.


If you have made one,

and still feel hungry for more

then write another.


If you would progress

from Haiku to something more,

why not try Tanka.

Tankas have two extra lines

(you can write longer poems).


A drinking vessel

designed to hold a pint, quart,

or some such measure.

Usually beer or mead;

intoxication in deed.

Did you miss me?

Well, did you miss me?

And my silly little rhymes?

Sorry for the lack.

Sometimes you have to refuel,

and your health is important.