3 thoughts on “Spring Blossom Tanka

    • A tanka is related to the haiku. One just adds two extra long lines. In Japanese, the five lines are of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables. (Sometimes, in English this is varied because English can have much longer syllables.) Also, like a haiku, it should be observational, without judgement / analysis. (As opposed to senryu / kyoka, which have the same form as haiku / tanka, respectively, but are less “Zen” — devoid of judgment. Seasonal references are common but are not a given as much as they were originally.

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