Wednesday, September 14, 2011

From my window... a Tanka

Today's view from my window is described inTanka form.

Parrots slash the sky
in playful scribble
as a child's crayon
traces vivid red and blue
on sheets of butcher's paper.

  • Traditionally in Japanese, the Tanka is five groups of sounds, each of 5 or 7 sound units. The first and third units have 5 sound units , as in Haiku, while the last two units have 7 sound units. 
  • In English, the English syllable is considered to be a suitable approximation to a Japanese sound unit, with  each syllabic group usually on a separate line:

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