General Poetry posted November 20, 2016 Chapters:  ...42 43 -44- 45... 

This work has reached the exceptional level
inspired by Argos' winds

A chapter in the book 2016

tanka (wind-blown leaves)

by mountainwriter49

Tanka Poetry Contest Contest Winner 

tanka (wind-blown leaves)

wind-blown leaves
swirl in upward spiral
remind me of your steadfast
love as we dance tonight


20 November 2016

Tanka Poetry Contest
Contest Winner


Poetic Form:
Tanka is a complex Japanese short poetic form. It is comprised of three important parts. The first part is the haiku-like first three lines which capture a moment in time, most often using a natural reference to set the tone for the emotive tone which follows at the end of the poem. The second part of the tanka is the critically important third line which serves a dual role. The first role is to serve as a satori, or moment of insight; ah-ha moment for the haiku-like first two lines. It must also serve as a pivot to begin the last two lines of the tanka. The third section of the tanka is the last two lines, which actually begin with the pivot in line 3. This part serves to convey the human emotion, or emotive factor.

Tanka is a most beautiful poetic form and lends itself to emotive expression. It has been referred to as the Japanese sonnet form because of its beauty and depth.

Unlike Western poetry, Japanese short poetic forms, tanka, haiku and senryu are not filled with flowing adjectives, simile, metaphor, etc. Indeed, the poems are meant to capture a moment in time and written so the reader can fill in the blanks and ponder the deeper meaning of the poem.

Tanka does permit personification of nature. It must be 31 syllables or less, most usually in a short / long / short / long / long format. Capitalization and punctuation are kept to the absolute minimum. It has no rhyme. It is best presented with no digital artwork, thus allowing the reader to form his/her own images as he/she reads and contemplates the tanka.

Winter storm Argos has brought us two full days of winds that have dislodges trillions of leaves upon the ground. It's swirling winds, or mini-tornados as I like to think of them, has created the most wonderful eye-candy for nature watchers.

Thank you for reading my poetry.
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