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5/7/5/7/7 Tanka for the Contest

A chapter in the book One Thousand Cranes

A Thousand Nights

by Gypsy Blue Rose


a thousand lone nights
waiting in our meeting place
knowing you won't come —
where bleeding-heart flowers bloom
and the last spix macaw cries


Tanka Poetry Contest contest entry


The last Spix Macaw lived from 2009 to 2019 in Brazil which was the bird's home. It's extinct since 2019.

The bleeding heart flowers are native to China, Korea, and Japan.

Tanka is one of the oldest types of Japanese poetry. It begun in the Emperial Court, where lovers exchanged a tanka after a night of lovemaking.

Tanka in Japan, is 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 form, but in English is 31 syllables OR LESS

For examples click here

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