Parrots slash the sky
in playful scribbleas 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: